By Austin Alfa, Lokoja
Kogi State Government has charged transport unions and other critical stakeholders to join hands with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the State Traffic Management Agency to bring about the needed adherence to Road Traffic Regulations and attitudinal change that would lead to a reduction in road traffic crashes in Kogi State.
The State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello gave the charge yesterday at the Lokoja Mega Park LMT, during the flag-off of the Ember month campaign organised by the state command of FRSC.
According to him, the theme of the 2022 campaign “Avoid Speeding, Overloading, and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive” is a wakeup call to commuters, private and commercial vehicle drivers, as well as motorcycle and tricycle to focus on the elimination of causes of road traffic crashes.
Governor Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Fokashade Ayoade Arike said efforts should be geared towards mitigating any traffic menace that threatens life.
He assured that his administration will continue to focus on the development of road infrastructure in order to enhance safety and free movement of traffic within the State, noting that Kogi roads are strategic to the nation.
“We are all witnesses to the construction of the flyover at Ganaja Junction which eased up completely the traffic gridlocks that used to be experienced by motorists at the Junction.
“This has further improved traffic flow and eliminated losses that would have accrued from delays. In a like manner, rehabilitation work on the township roads in Lokoja is on, with some areas either completed or nearly completed.
“I want to assure you that my Government will continue developing such road infrastructure and also support the FRSC Kogi Sector Command towards ensuring that the good citizens of Kogi and indeed all Nigerians who travel through Kogi State do so devoid of road traffic challenges” he assured.
Earlier, the Kogi State Sector Commander FRSC Dawulung Stephen lamented that 85 percent of traffic crashes recorded between January 2022 and to date are speed related and called on drivers to always drive within the stipulated speed limit to avoid unnecessary road mishaps.
While cautioning vehicle owners and commercial drivers against expired tyres and overloading, the Sector Commander stated that the corps and command are committed to working against infractions to ensure that traffic challenges in Kogi state are brought to the barest minimum.
He expressed appreciation to Kogi state Governor for his continuous and conspicuous desire to invest in road infrastructure in order to ease some of the traffic problems being encountered and also for the support and enabling environment provided in Kogi state for the corps to thrive towards its goals and targets.
In his goodwill message, the Special Adviser to Governor Bello on Security matters Jerry Omadara appealed to the federal government to take proactive measures in fixing the portion of the road from Koton-Karfe to Gegu-Baki damaged by the 2022 flood disaster.
He noted that if prompt actions are not taken to fix the road many travelers will sleep on the road during the Yuletide period.