George Okoh In Makurdi
Over 10,000 commercial vehicle operators have so far complied with the directive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)that all commercial vehicle should install speed limiting device before the end of the year.
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi made this known at the 2016 Zone RS4 Annual Retreat of the FRSC in Makurdi.
According to him, “so far over 10,000 commercial vehicle operators have complied with the installation of speed limiting device and there is no going back on the policy. Dr. Oyeyemi who attributed the alarming figure of death to reckless driving and over-speeding said the development necessitated the introduction of speed limit devises in vehicles in the country.
“The number of deaths on our roads are unacceptable that is why we are determined to stem the tide by enforcing all road safety rules in order to stop the wastage of innocent lives on our highways.
The Corps Marshal who disclosed that the federal government had approved the Nigerian Road Safety Strategic Document which he said was a roadmap for road safety in the country urged state governments to compliment the move by establishing road management agencies in the respective states.
The Principal Assistant General Secretary in charge of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Benue State Council, Comrade Boga Abuul, who attributed the increasing road crashes in the country to bad roads, urged government to repair the roads before enforcing installation of speed limiting devices in vehicles.
Declaring the retreat open, Governor Samuel Ortom, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Benson Abounu, stated that his administration had already sent a bill to the State Assembly for the establishment of the state road management agency to check accidents in the state.
Ortom said the retreat with the theme, ‘Strategies for Improved Enforcement and Public Education towards Reduction of Road Traffic Crashes, could not have come at a better time considering the high volume of traffic usually witnessed during the Yuletide.