Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –By Albert OGRAKA–
Ahead of the October 1 implementation date for compulsory use of speed limit devices on vehicles plying the Nigerian roads, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has flagged off its sensitization on speed limiter and safe use of tyres in Delta state.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM), Mr. Kayode Fanola during the well attended event at Benfiko Park in Asaba on Thursday, September 08, 2016 said the commission was poised to reduce the rate of lives and property usually claimed by road crashes as a result of speeding.
While insisting that the October 1 deadline for the enforcement of the speed limiting device on vehicles across the country remained, he explained that the sale of the device was not open to all marketers so that FRSC, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the Nigerian Customs and other agencies could regulate and monitor the process properly.
ACM Fanola appealed to stakeholders and and fleet operators to adhere to the new directive, as that enforcement of the policy would start with commercial vehicles and fleet operators because they carried more passengers, as well as articulated trucks and lorries.
Speaking on the safe use of tyres, he urged motorists to always check the manufacturing date to avoid buying expired tyres. “The expiration date is usually indicated on the sidewalls of the tyre. It comes in four digits; the first two digits shows the week the tyre was manufactured while the last two represent the year of manufacture”, he said.
Also, ACM Shehu Zaki who disclosed that the FRSC has been on ground to meet its statutory responsibilities through effective public enlightenment before enforcement, said the installation of the speed limiter on vehicles would help reduce road accidents.
He said that the Federal Government and FRSC are determined to ensure road crash control, hence speed is responsible for an estimated 53 percent of total accidents in Nigeria, resulting in about 1.2 million recorded deaths annually.
In his enlightenment speech on the importance of the speed limit device, Engr. Efosa Osawe of the FRSC who attributed over speeding to major fatalities on Nigerian roads, explained that the device which regulates vehicular speed and helps FRSC officials to check in case of accidents also reduces fuel consumption and pollution of environment.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Delta state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Rindom Kumven, said the FRSC, since its establishment, has properly propagated programmes aimed at enlightening members of the public on road safety measures.
He commended the Chairman of Benvico Park, Chief Morris Agbogidi and other stakeholders, including representatives from the Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA), Ministry of Transport, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others, for collaborating with the FRSC on the implementation of the speed limit device.
During the interactive session, participants who commended the FRSC for the enlightenment campaign, promised to inform their members on the importance of the speed limiting device, but called on the federal government to improve on the current condition of Nigerian road which is also responsible for vehicular road crashes across the country
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