By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
No fewer than 122 motorists have been prosecuted by Mobile Court for flouting the COVID-19 protocols and other traffic offences in Uyo metropolis and its environs.
The Akwa Ibom State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Ochi Oga has said.
Oga, who disclosed this to newsmen in Uyo, noted last weekend that out of 122 persons, 92 commercial drivers were charged for over loading of passengers against the recommended number of persons in a vehicle by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
He expressed dismay at the level of traffic disobedience, with tricycle and mini bus drivers topping the list in the state. He announced plan by the Command to address the ugly trend through enlightenment and dialogue with the operators.
“The challenge we have is the rate of traffic disobedience especially by the Keke drivers (Tricycle operators). Their behaviours showed total negligence on roads which has caused accident to other road users. We are addressing that through public enlightenment.”
The Sector Commander noted that the time of patrol operations would be extended in the State so that they can be more visible on highways.
On the easing of inter-state travel and reopening of motor parks, Oga said the officers have gone to all the motor parks in the State to educate the operators on the need to observe NCDC protocols.
He added that the officers ensured that all the NCDC COVID-19 precautionary measures were put in place in every motor park before giving approval for operations in such places.
“For us to open up the motor parks for use, we ensured that all the protocols are put in place, for the safety of travelers even for those who are working in the motor parks. We tasked them on the need to avoid over loading of passengers.
Oga who recently assumed duty in the State as the Sector Commander pledged to ensure better and robust relationship between the public and the officers, more visibility on the road and better performance among the staff.