The Anambra Government, has reiterated its commitment to partner with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in reducing road mishaps to the barest minimum in the state.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Mr Christopher Oteke, gave the assurance at a one-day workshop for officers of the commission on Saturday in Awka.
The theme of the workshop is “Repositioning FRSC Pperations in Anambra State Through Effective and Efficient Service Delivery’’.
Oteke said that the state government had mapped out new road projects and that rehabilitation had begun on major routes to reduce accidents.
According to him, the state currently has the best road network in the South-East geo-political zone.
He added that the registration of commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators had begun in a bid to ensure security on the roads.
Also speaking, FRSC Zonal Commander in charge of Anambra, Delta and Edo, Mr Wole Olaniran, said that the capacity building workshop was aimed at improving the efficiency of officers of the commission.
“The workshop is as a result of some of the feedback we received from the general public on the attitudes of our officers.
“This capacity building will inform you on how you can improve, so that you will be less violent, more friendly, courteous and relevant in the business of road safety.”
He advised commanding officers to encourage state governments to develop regulations that would check the operation of commercial road users in their areas.
“We have observed that ‘Okada’ operators are averse to using crash helmets.
“This is to further buttress the fact that they are taking the issue of safety for granted; therefore, we should increase our public advocacy level.”
In his remarks, the state Sector Commander, Mr Hygenus Omeje, said that similar workshops would be organised for commercial transport operators at Awka, Nnewi and Onithsa before the end of the year.
Omeje urged the state government to support the command to achieve the project, adding that it would change the orientation of commercial transport operators.
A participant, Mrs Chinelo Orizu, expressed happiness at the workshop, saying that it was timely.
“This is the first of its kind since the sector commander assumed office in January.
“It has availed me the opportunity of knowing how to boost the image of the commission especially when dealing with road users.”