Road Traffic Agency calls for safety

Chiamaka Okechukwu, Lagos

The huge toll that traffic accidents exact in the country especially during festive periods, have attracted global concern.

Drivers in Nigeria have been urged to think safety while plying the roads as the yuletide gradually draws close.

The Assistant Corps Commander, Lagos Island Unit of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Saddqu Abdrahaman made this statement during an interview in VON studio, Lagos.

This is part of the Agency’s Ember Month Campaign rallies at motor parks to enlighten drivers and fleets owners on safety measures this busy period.

Assistant Corps Commander reiterated that safety measures are critical at this time when many people are travelling from one place to another to celebrate Christmas.

“This is a time to remind ourselves that safety is key in the midst of our vehicular movement to reduce Road Traffic Rrashes-RTCs across the country. That is why we go to the motor parks to create awareness among drivers,” Abdulrahaman said.

He further said that “this year’s campaign is unique because we are not just talking about physical fitness but attention is being place on the tyres. To accomplish this we are collaborating with the Nigerian Society of Engineers.”

The Lagos Island Unit Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission, Assistant Corps Commander Saddqu Abdulrahaman, (right) Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers Victoria Island branch Lagos, Mayosore Rasheed (centre) and VON Correspondent, Chiamaka Okechukwu during an interview in the studio.

This effort to further strengthen the FRSC ember month campaign is part of the corporate social responsibility of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the Society, Engineer Mayosore Rasheed said combined effort will expose road users to the knowledge of vehicle fitness, especially the tyres.

“Apart from what the FRSC is doing to ensure physical fitness among drivers such as eye test, the use of accurate tyres for a vehicle is vital at this time of celebration.”
“The only contact between the vehicle and the road is the tyre. So the public needs to know the required gage to prevent the tyre from busting while in motion,”
Engineer Rasheed said.

Mr. Abdrahaman urged the motoring public to avoid reckless driving this season.

In his words, “it is important for us to observe the following rules. Don’t drink and drive and make sure that you are medically fit before embarking on any journey this Christmas. I advise that motorists avoid driving at night because of haze. It is better you drive during the day when you can see properly.”