By Salako Tijani
The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has appealed to the Federal Government to provide adequate facilities for fleet operators for them to be able to access loans to boost their operations.
The state Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, made the appeal, this Thursday during the FRSC 2017 annual public enlightenment rally at Tipper Garage, Owode Ijako, Ota.
He observed that most of the fleets are so old that they often break down on the road, causing serious gridlocks and fatigue for FRSC officials to label them “off the roads vehicles”.
He urged the Federal Government to provide loan facilities for truck owners through bank of industry to reduce incessant break down of old trucks which he said usually causes serious gridlocks that often results in accidents.
‘’This gesture will ensure the use of new and road worthy vehicles on our highways which will also promoted safety on our highways,” he said.
Nigerian NewsDirect reports that the Rally organized by the Sango-Ota Command in conjunction with Shell Nigeria Gas had the theme “Speed down: Save lives.
According to the Sector Commander, the rally is apt and timely as it coincides with the Eid El- Kabir Festival, to sentisise the public against careless and reckless driving as “we approach the ‘Ember months’.
The sector commander noted that it was part of the FRSC strategies to enlightening the populace on safety issues to stem down road crashes in the country.
Oladele however warned indiscipline drivers to desist from driving against traffic to save lives and property on our highways.
“Any driver caught driving against traffic will not only be booked but seriously punished according to the law and this will be along with the owner of the vehicle so that they can serve as deterrant to others”. he said.
He said that the FRSC had commenced a special operation especially along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway to ckeck drivers driving against traffic.
In his welcome address, the Sango-Ota FRSC Unit Commander, Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, implored motorists to desist from attitude that would put “our lives and those of our loved ones, in danger.
Using his coined mantra “Blessed are motorists who obey traffic rules, for they shall be accident free”, Oguntoyinbo urged road stakeholders to desist from using fake tyre “because it has been one of the major causes of crashes in the country”.
He also cautioned drivers to stop using phone while driving as the ‘ember months is approaching.
Chairman of Ado-Odo Ota Local Government, Hon. Basiru Adeniji dismissed the belief that accident is the act of God, stressing it is human error through impatience and urged all to avoid it by being careful.
The Divisional Commander of TRACE, Adekunle Ajibade ably represented by Commander Oseni, urged drivers to ensure lighting system of their vehicles are properly fixed, stressing that obedience to all other traffic rules and regulations should be strictly adhered to.
According to Ajibade these include use of seat belts, no alcohol while on the wheels, adding drivers who are law abiding would not constitute risk or danger to other road users.
During questions and answers, some of the drivers blamed government for abandoning roads which they described as death trapped and caused some fatal road crashes.
They mentioned an accident a week ago, at Owode-Ijako area in which a petrol tanker rammed into a cement truck killing two persons, as a result of bad road.