By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), in charge of Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States, Mr Bulus Darwang has solicited for media support to educate and enlighten Nigerians on road usage with a view to reducing road accidents to the barest
Speaking on Monday in Kaduna during a courtesy visit to the members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council, he said the rate of road accidents along Kaduna, Jigawa, Kano and Katsina highways was corridor was alarming.
To reduce the road accidents to the barest minimum, he noted, “We need to step up efforts alongside public enlightenment and we cannot achieve this without the support of the press.”
He maintained that speed violation was a major challenge the commission was facing nationwide, adding that “It has
showed that 50 percent of road accidents across the Country is caused by over speeding.”
Mr Darwang also pointed out that tyre burst was another monster that has resulted in the death of many people on the country’s highways.
“We lost six Ekiti Doctors who were on their way to Sokoto, Minister of State for Labor, Mr James Ocholi along Kaduna/ Abuja highway and Students that died in a motor accident between Ibadan and Lagos.
“It is for this reason why the FRSC in its wisdom declared a one week tyre safety campaign nationwide. We have gone to Jigawa, Kano, Katsina and Kaduna in order to enlighten Nigerians of what is expected of them towards ensuring safety on our highways.
“We’ll sustain the campaign to the end of the year and beyond” he assured.
He disclosed that the Commission had given them a standing order that there shouldn’t be any road accident along Abuja-Kaduna highway for four days, stressing that it has been acieved.
While responding, the Chairman of the NUJ Kaduna State Council, Comrade Garba Mohammed, commended the FRSC for their partnership with NEMA to reduce the risk of roads accidents especially in the ember months.
He assured that the doors of the Council were open for any collaboration to ensure public enlightenment in order to reduce the risk of road accidents to the barest minimum all over the country.