Buhari seeks tough measures against traffic violators

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Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)

Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday urged the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to take more stringent action against motorists who drive against traffic.

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau , said this while inaugurating 283 operational vehicles for the FRSC in Abuja.

He said that in spite of the numerous successes recorded by the Corps, there were other areas that required urgent attention.

The president said the lingering issue of violation of one-way traffic by road users within cities and inter-state roads had continued to cause fatal accidents.

“There is the recurring problem of overloading of humans, animals and other cargo beyond the approved capacity of the vehicles especially by commercial road users ostensibly to maximise profit.

“But this is with attendant consequence on the longevity of our roads and safety of the passengers; one additional road hazard of immense safety implication is the poor handling of cargo containers during haulage,“ he said.

He called on the leadership of the corps to take note of these observations with a view to tackling them headlong.

“It is to further boost the operational success of the corps in line with the administration’s desire to ensure safety and security of citizens that the procurement of 283 operational vehicles is being commissioned today,“he said.

Buhari said the vehicles would no doubt boost the operational capacity of the corps and enhance its capacity to face the challenges of enforcing traffic rules and regulations on the nation’s high ways.

He expressed optimism that the fleet of vehicles would give impetus to the ongoing global campaign for road safety under the auspices of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The president said his administration was committed to the ideals of road safety and would continue to demonstrate its …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper