Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Federal Road Safety Commission has said that its special operations during the Yuletide festivities yielded positive results as nobody slept on the roads during the period under review.
The sector commander in Anambra state, Mr. Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi, who disclosed this to newsmen in Awka at the weekend, said officials of the commission had full and uninterrupted presence at Onitsha, Owerri road, building materials Tazan, and a host of other flashpoints across the state. He said the commission fuctioned alongside other sister agencies to achieve the success recorded during the festivities.
The sector commander also stated that the Anambra command of the commission removed about 51 abandoned vehicles for road obstructions, noting that about 20 vehicles were removed at bridge head Onitsha comprising 11 articulated vehicles and 9 motor vehicles and buses.
According to him, at Upper Iweka, about 21 vehicles were also removed during the Christmas period. He said that at Awkuzu junction, five abandoned vehicles were removed while at Nnewi, one vehicle; Ihiala three vehicles and Awka one vehicle all evacuated for road obstructions.
Kumapayi said that the commission carried out Night Special Patrols which extended into the dead of the night to ensure that there was no gridlocks and no one spent the Christmas on traffic jams all night long. He said areas that were covered at night during the period were Aroma, Amawbia, Kwata, Okpuno and some other busy spots in the state capital Awka.
For the commission’s public enlightenment campaign, the sector commander said that 18,440 traffic offenders were educated between January and December 2019. He said the commission conducted 400 church advocacy visits between January and December last year while 680 motor parks were visited for early morning rallies and safety talks.
He said school advocacy visits in 2019 amounted to 71 while market advocacy visits were 543 and roadshows totalled 77 last year even as he disclosed that 17 townhall meetings were conducted by the commission last year.
The commission introduced among other things, Automobile Mechanic Workshop Advocacy visits where it tutored them on the need to use standard spare parts in their services to reduce the spate of broken down vehicles.
He however stressed that the commission hopes to consolidate on the gains of last year while upholding its 2020 official mandate to minimize the risk of deaths in road traffic crashes by reducing road traffic crashes and fatalities by 15% and 20 % respectively.