By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
In the effort to checkmate the high rate of crash and other hazards associated with road travelling, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adamawa State command has flaged off its 2020 ember months awareness campaign.
The sector commander, Ocheja Ameh speaking at the ocassion at the Yola town motor park said the exercise was meant to ensure a considerable reduction of accident and fatalities in the state to its bearest minimum.
He noted that the theme of this year’s campaign which is “drive safe, stay safe” is aimed at ensuring that road accident is reduced by 15 percent while fatalities is reduced by 20 percent
According to him, the command has concluded arrangements to take the ember months campaign to mosques, churches, motor parks and other public spaces to sensitize the populace against the menace of dangerous driving and other harmful practice that cause accidents on the roads.
He pointed out that significant attention will be paid on overloading, driving with worn out tyres, over speeding, dangerous driving, and usage of phones while driving among other causes of road accidents.
The sector commandant maintained that FRSC will also take safety message to schools with the view of enlightening school drivers to obey COVID-19 preventive protocols.
He promised to ensure that the COVID-19 safety protocols are observed at motor parks and on highways adding that both drivers and passengers must adhere strictly with the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
He said such measures include the provision of hand washing stations across all the motor parks in the state, maintaining social distancing and compulsory use of face mask before vehicles are allowed to embark on journeys.
He thanked the military, police and other paramilitary organizations for their support to the corps in pursuit of its constitutional duties.
Ameh also thanked the state government as well as well as the chairmen of the 21 local governments in the state for the support they are according station officers deployed to local governments in order to prevent road crashes.
He appreciated the Corp Marshall of FRSC Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi for the purposeful leadership he is giving which led to the milestones being recorded by the organization
Commenting, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said he will continue to collaborate with the corp to prevent road crashes in the state.
The governor who was represented by the commissioner of transportation, Hon Jika Mustapha lauded FRSC for the monumental feats it is recording in the state and vows to maintain the tempo of corporation with the organization.
Ameh said, the extension of services to all the LGAs translate to reduction of road accident in the state.
“I would like to appreciate the corporation of chairmen of local government councils in the state for their support to the newly deployed station officers. You would recall that before now, FRSC’s presence was only in seven LGCs in the state.
“There is no doubt that their presence will go a long way to bridge the gaps in advocacy, public enlightenment, road traffic crash data collection, among others at the grassroots level,” he said.
He urged drivers as the nation passes the months of October, with equally busy November and December still ahead.
He said the Ember month’s safety campaign, which flaged-off on Thursday, at the Yola Town Main Park in Yola South Local Government Area, would be taken to all parks across the state to ensure that all drivers are effectively sensitized on road safety ideals.