The Enugu State Govern
ment has raised alarm over the vandalisation of the equipment that controlled traffic light system at Ani Street junction, Enugu, resulting in temporary shutdown of the traffic light system along University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) road.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vitus Okechi, and made available to newsmen yesterday in Enugu stated that the alarm became necessary because of the temporary shutdown of the traffic control light system on the said road.
Mr. Okechi added that the explanation would also cause the motorists to appreciate the predicament of the government in maintaining the operation of traffic control light system in the state, despite the current economic challenges in the country.
The commissioner maintained, that the accident that occurred around one O’clock in the morning on Saturday at Uwani by Robinson Street junction was not caused by faulty traffic control light system, insisting that the facility was in good state at the time the crash occurred.
He noted that the ugly activities of the vandals which included, carting away of the control system batteries, cables and other sensitive equipment during night hours, had been consistent, even when adequate security measures were provided to secure the equipment in different locations.
Mr. Okechi said that the vandalized equipment had been costing the state government a huge amount of money to restore, pointing out that such criminal acts were being encountered when the nation’s economy was in a bad state.
He disclosed that some of the hoodlums had been arrested in the past and charged to the court, stressing that notwithstanding the untoward experience being encountered in the hands of the hoodlums, the state government would continue to maintain a functional traffic control light system in the state.
“We are calling on the public to assist the government in securing the equipment and report to the security agencies any person suspected to be a threat to the functional operation of the traffic light system in the state”, he said.