22nd December, 2010
To complement the efforts of the FRSC Unit Commander of the Lagos Island Unit, Mr. Segun Ogungbemide, and other officials of the corps efforts in theÂ education and sensitisation of drivers of commuter buses operating on Lagos Island and Eti Osa, Mr. Jonah Agwu, the Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC hasÂ held a Special Ember Month campaign for the drivers at Adeniji Adele.
The FRSC officials spoke on how to drive safely on the highways, especially during the rush hours to avoid accidents and unnecessary loss of lives. Since itÂ started, the programme has helped to reduce accidents on the Lagos Island and beyond.
The event was held at the Adeniji Adele motor park, Lagos Island, in collaboration with Pan Ocean Oil Ltd., NURTW and Arrive Alive Initiative, AARI.
Speaking at the event, Agwu said as at September 2010, 500 people had died in Lagos auto accidents.
He added that “the people were not killed by witches and wizards, fish or mammy water inside the river, armed robbers or through HIV AIDS, but throughÂ vehicle accidents driven by human beings.
“That is why I decided to come to Adeniji Adele bus stop to tell the drivers that they are very important to the society, because you people are the oneÂ ferrying passengers to and from their places of work or businesses and their lives are always in your hands.
“Life has no duplicate. You can drive your vehicle for years without any accident if you abide by the rules and regulations that cause accidents on theÂ highway.
“The usual prayer when embarking on a journey, that nobody would die in a motor accident, is good, that is if the drivers did not drink local gin (ogogoro),Â smoke Indian hemp or driver dangerously or over speed with worn out tyres. The prayer may not work and an accident could occur and claim lives,” he added.