The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has kicked off the Ember months campaign for the year 2022 in Nassarawa Eggon, calling on motorists to be more responsible in their use of the roads.
In a ceremony which took place at the NURTW Motor Park in Nassarawa Eggon on Tuesday (October 25, 2022), various stakeholders in attendance spoke in line with the theme of the campaign which is: Avoid Over Speeding, Overloading And Unsafe Tyres To Arrive Alive.
In a keynote address at the event, Sector Commander RS4.3 Lafia, Corps Commander IM Bazama while describing the theme of the campaign as apt and timely, said that virtually all crashes on the road can be linked to over speeding, overloading and unsafe tyres.
He said: “When you look at this well articulated and well chosen theme, you will agree with us that these are the fundamental causes of RTCs on the road. It is on record that most of the crashes we record on our roads are as a result of over speeding. And that is why the corps frowns at it.”
Bazama called on especially the commercial drivers to install speed limiting devices on their vehicles so as to enhance their safety while using the roads.
On the problem of overloading, the Sector Commander explained to the drivers that apart from making it difficult for them to manipulate the car in the event of any accident, constantly overloading a car over a period of time greatly reduces the life span of that car.
Speaking on the third which is unsafe tyres, Bazama called on motorists to try by all means to purchase brand new tyres and also to always check the expiry dates of tyres they are purchasing.
According to him, if the drivers are mindful of the three things he enumerated and follow the directives from the road safety corps, it greatly reduces the possibility of being involved in any ugly incident on the road.
The Sector Commander also used the opportunity to speak to politicians who according to him, are known for rough driving during political campaigns. He said it is only the living that can celebrate electoral victory and so there is no point endangering their lives and the lives of other road users all in the name of politics.
Also speaking at the event, Unit Commander of the FRSC Nassarawa Eggon Unit, Assistant Corps Commander MJ Otubu who agreed with all the submissions of the Sector Commander, appealed to the drivers to imbibe the spirit of discipline, dedication and sacrifice so as to make the roads safer for everyone.
In his remarks at the event, Chairman of Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Council who was represented by the deputy, Hon. Benjamin Manga called on commercial drivers to desist from the abuse of drugs and alcohol so that they can make clear and good judgments while on the road.
Others who brought goodwill messages at the event include the representative of the Aren Akun, Alhaji Usman Galadima Umbugadu as well as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Nassarawa Eggon. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also brought a goodwill message.
In their various responses, Chairman of the NURTW in Nassarawa Eggon and well as that of okada riders, Ahmed Adamu Ahmed and Rabilu Egga respectively, both appreciated the FRSC for organizing the campaign which according to them was an avenue for enlightenment.
They assured that their members will continue to give maximum cooperation to the Road Safety Corps so as to ensure the roads are safer for everyone.
The presence of the FRSC Special Marshalls of the Nassarawa Eggon Unit was also conspicuous as well as the Anzalu traditional dancers who were on hand to thrill the guests.