The Rivers State Sector
Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has flagged off this year’s ‘Ember Months’ road safety campaign.
The campaign with its theme, “Road Safety is a Shared Responsibility: It Depends on You,” took place at the Rivers Transport Company (RTC) Headquarters Motor Park, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Zonal Commanding Officer of the Corps, Aliyu Gummi, said the road traffic system with its associated traffic crashes has been the most dangerous and complex system amongst others for Nigerians to contend with and attributed the cause of these crashes to mainly attitudinal behaviours.
Gummi, who was represented by the Zonal Head of Operations, Joseph Aremu, noted that with pressure on the road transport, the attendant result have been a gory tale of road traffic crashes that have claimed many lives and valuable properties, adding that, “The statistics at our disposal shows that in every six seconds, someone is either killed or injured seriously as a result of road crash in the world.”
He reiterated that the issue of crashes must be taken seriously for motorists and other road users to stay alive, and further said that everybody has a role to play at ensuring safety on the highway.
The zonal commander who highlighted the challenges of safety on the highway as human factors of man-made hazards such road rage or aggressive drivers, overloading of vehicle with passengers and goods, smoking and drinking while driving, stress and pressure of life, distraction by commuters as well as poor education and enlightenment among others, however enjoined all to always regard safety as the first thing in our day-to-day activities.
In his address, the Sector Commander, FRSC, Rivers Sector Comand, Sunday Oghenekaro, called for a road map or action plan for the round to be safe, secure and free for smooth motoring all year road that must be implemented, saying, “it is indeed our collective responsibility to keep the roads in Rivers State safe and this we must do either as a vehicle owner or fleet operator, driver, motorcyclist , bicyclist, passenger or pedestrian.”
Oghenekaro harped that only duely trained and licensed drivers must be employed or assigned to drive vehicles, and also highlighted the respective roles of road users, vehicle owners, fleet operator, drivers, passengers, commuters, pedestrians, and the press, but hinted that 60 per cent of road crashes wordwide were caused by drivers.
He particularly called on multi-nationals in Rivers State whose activities and vehicles occasion the rapid degradation of the roads to support government through intervention as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The sector commander thanked Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his continued support and collaboration in securing the roads for the safety of all, and also lauded all for gracing the occasion.
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