The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Rivers State Command, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, has stressed the need for government to provide side walks and cross walks in their road construction projects.
Dr. Olagunju made the call when he paid an advocacy visit to the state Commissioner for Transport, Hon. George Tolofari in his office in Port Harcourt, recently.
The Sector Commander, who was represented by the Sector Head of Operations, Mr. Frank Okwueze, said they were in his office to intimate him on the pedestrain safety week, which is part of the United Nation’s Global Road Safety Week.
He said pedestrian safety week is important because the mode of transportation is still very popular and inexpensive as it requires no fare, fuel, licence nor registration.
According to him, to ameliorate the dangers faced by pedestrants, effective approach such as provision of side works and cross walks to separate the pedestrians from other traffic, manage vehicle speed through flashing studs to alert the drivers on the presence of the crossing and enact appropriate laws among others.
Responding, the state Commissioner for Transport, Hon. George Tolofari, lamented over the flagrant abuse of traffic rules and regulations by uniform men, stressing that they drive against traffic with recklessness.
Hon. Tolofari, who was represented by Mr. G. Ordu, maintained that the problem lied on the citizens who break the laws with impunity and disregard the use of cross and side workways.
He thanked the corps for their noble initiative and enjoined them to keep the flag flying.