14th December, 2011
The Ogun State Command of Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has warned motorists to obey all traffic rules and ensure safety on the roads.
The stateâ€™s Sector Commander, Mr Oyeniyi Adeboye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Tuesday that FRSC would not compromise its position on safety during the festive period.
Adeboye spoke after a one-day sensitisation workshop for commercial drivers.
He warned commercial drivers to avoid any act that could endanger passengers’ lives and other road users, adding; â€œWe all have a right to the roads and we must respect thatâ€.
The sector commander identified maintenance of vehicles, travelling by day and observances of traffic rules and laws among others, as factors that could reduce accidents rate on the roads.
â€œWe also appeal to you not to take alcohol because your own lives and that of others may depend on your composure while driving,â€ he said.
The Zonal Commander of the commission, Alhaji Garuba Danjuma, earlier solicited the understanding of commercial vehicle drivers during â€œEmber Monthsâ€.
Represented by Mr Christopher Ademoluti, Danjuma said that safety should not be left in the hands of the commission alone, adding that â€œsafety is everybodyâ€™s duty and we must be up to itâ€.
â€œOver loading is one of the major problems we have and we must all know that it is a risk to overload our vehicles, let me use this medium to inform you that we will not condone this.
â€œWhen you overload, you put the engine, piston, tyre and others under undue burden; this is not a good practice,â€ he said.
Danjuma further said that the commission would not tolerate expired or worn-out tyres, and that the commission would set up a committee to achieve the aim.
He warned both commercial and private drivers not to bribe any official of the FRSC, saying; â€œIt is against the law to do so, please donâ€™t ever bribeâ€.
The zonal commander said the public should not hesitate to call the commissionâ€™s emergency number 070022553772 if any of its officials asked for bribe. â€œThe numbers can also be called to intimate us in case of any other emergency or obstruction of articulated vehicles on the roads.â€
Mr Abimbola Babalola, who represented the VIO said that drivers should manage and inspect their vehicles before going on a journey.
Babalola also said that it was important for drivers to have ability to predict and interpret intentions of other road users and act accordingly while driving.
â€œVehicles also communicates with drivers, and we must know when they are talking to us, when a light comes up on the dash board while driving that means something is wrong.
â€œWe must understand perfectly our vehicles when they are talking to us,â€ he advised.
Responding, the Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ogun, Mr Steve Falusi, promised to enlighten members on the need to observe safety rules during the festive periods and beyond.