PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, tasked the officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure strict enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations in order to stem the tide of carnages on the nation’s highway.
He frowned on the lingering issue of violation of one-way traffic by motorists and prominent public officials, within cities and inter-state roads, saying this had been the cause of fatal accidents and loss of lives.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazzau (retd), spoke in Abuja during the commissioning of newly acquired 283 operational vehicles for the FRSC.
The President while ordering the leadership of FRSC to tackle head-on some road infractions bordering on safety, drew the attention of the Corps to poor handling of cargo containers during haulage.
“There are numerous instances where poorly handled cargo containers have fallen off their haulage trucks on hapless road users. This phenomenon has contributed to several avoidable deaths every now and then,” he said.
He also urged FRSC to tackle the recurring problem of overloading of humans, animals and other cargoes beyond the approved capacity of the vehicles, especially by commercial road users ostensibly to maximise profit, but with attendant consequence on the longevity of roads and safety of the passengers.
While tasking every Nigerian to be an active participant in the collective efforts to ensure safe motoring environment, President Buhari, said road safety was not the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government.
He added that his administration approved the procurement of 283 operational vehicles including ambulances, patrol vehicles, tow truck and administrative vehicles, for the Corps in line with the administration’s desire to ensure safety and security of the citizens.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, in his remark, said in line with the directive of the President, the Corps has commenced the training certification of convoy drivers aimed at preventing road traffic crashes involving convoys and government drivers.