The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El rufai has charged personnel of the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to remain committed to the initiative of keeping roads in the state free and safe during the festive periods and beyond, saying the state government will continue to render support that could make attainment of safer road environment in Kaduna state possible. The Governor gave the charge while commissioning the two Firefighting vehicles donated to the FRSC State Command in Kaduna, during its flag off of the 2018 ember months special road safety campaigns at Mando Motor parks, Kaduna.
Represented by the permanent secretary in the state Ministry of Works, Transport and Housing, Dr Murtala Dabo, the Governor stated that the donation of the firefighting vehicles was part of the efforts by the state government to curtail incidents of fire resulting in loss of lives and property through road traffic crashes. He expressed optimism that with the vehicles forming part of the rescue equipment of the FRSC, such incidents could be contained, thereby saving more lives and property of road travelers in the State.
El rufai commended the staff of the FRSC for contributing to the socioeconomic development of Kaduna state through effective traffic management and collaboration with relevant agencies, stressing that the state government will continue to support the Corps and all security agencies operating in the state towards ensuring safety and security of lives and property of the people.
He noted with satisfaction the existing cordial relationship between the FRSC and the State Traffic Management Agency, saying such collaboration is mutually beneficial to the two agencies, disclosing that a Bill that would address effective management of road networks in the state has been passed into law.. The Governor lauded FRSC for effectively manning the major diversion points at the construction points along Kaduna-Abuja road in conjunction with other security agencies, adding that as part of his government’s efforts towards creating enabling environment for efficient operations of trucks in the state, the two Tanker parks currently under construction at Mararaban Jos and Taffa respectively would be completed on schedule.
He urged motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations especially during the festive periods when increased human and vehicular traffic create perennial obstruction, crashes and deaths. He warned against drink driving and route violation, saying drinking while driving is not only illegal but harmful to the health of the drivers.
The Governor also warned against road obstruction by drivers and phoning while driving, saying such attitudes would not be tolerated in the state as they endanger the lives of the drivers and other road users.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi who was represented by the Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone one Headquarters Kaduna, Assistant Corps Marshal Ayobami Omiyale, gave the background to the annual ember months road safety campaigns which FRSC has been embarking upon, saying the Corps decided to sustain the program in view of the need to constantly remind members of the public, especially the drivers on the need to be safety conscious during the end of year festive seasons. He particularly stressed that there is nothing fundamentally evil about ember months, except the human attitude and fatalistic beliefs that make the period appear dreadful.
Oyeyemi restated the commitment of the FRSC to safer road campaigns through improved traffic management techniques and enforcement as well as rescue strategies, but called on relevant stakeholders to join the Corps in the efforts to restore sanity on the nation’s highways. He further noted that no organisation can do it alone without collaboration with relevant stakeholders, stressing that road safety is a shared responsibility.
The FRSC Boss urged members of the public particularly the drivers to obey all traffic rules and regulations and advised truck drivers to particularly operate with minimum safety standards,adding that adequate arrangement has been put in place by the FRSC to render necessary support to road travelers during the festive periods to make their trips safe and secured.
In his welcome address, the Sector Commander, Kaduna State, Corps Commander Umar Ibrahim who welcomed guests to the occasion, expressed gratitude to all for supporting the FRSC campaigns to make the roads safe. He commended the Kaduna state government for its moral and logistics support to the Corps in the state, pledging that staff would continue to reciprocate the gestures by doing their best to make the roads safe and secured for all.
Goodwill messages were delivered at the occasion by various stakeholders including traditional institutions, security agencies and transport unions. Among them were His Highness, Dan Makwayon Zazzau, District Head of Kawo, Alhaji Jibril Muhammed Magaji, the representative of GOC 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, State Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN). Others were Chairman, RTEAN Mando Lagos Park and the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State, who was represented at the occasion by the Area Commander Metro. They all pledged their support for the success of the campaigns through sustained enlightenment among their members.
Highlights of the flag off ceremony were exhibition of the FRSC working tools including extricating machines, rescue and enforcement materials such as the e-tablets, printer and some public enlightenment materials. Participants were also offered free medical tests to determine the rate of their blood pleasures after which a motor cade rally was organised to sensitize members of the public on the program.
The theme for 2018 Ember Months Campaign is, “Safe Driving: Safe Arrival,” and the ceremony is being replicated in all the FRSC commands across the states in the federation as part of the public sensitization programmes towards ensuring safer road environments during the 2018 end of year festivities and beyond.