Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has warned the citizens of Anambra state that the commission will not hesitate to arrest masqueraders that would obstruct traffic flow during the Christmas and New Year festivities in the state.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Commission Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi gave the warning at the grand opening of the 2019 Ember Months Campaign tagged “Road Safety Is A State Of Mind, Road Traffic Crash Is An Absence Of Mind, Stay Alert, Stay Alive” held yesterday at Chisco Park Onitsha, Anambra state.
The Corps Marshal represented on the occasion by the zonal commanding officer Benin, ACM Kehinde Adeleye, said masqueraders had caused more harm than good during festive periods especially as regards causing traffic gridlocks thereby inconveniencing road users.
According to him, the commission has introduced more punitive measures to ensure that masqueraders do not cause gridlocks or crashes on the roads on account of the festivities even though he admitted that they add spice to the festive periods.
Also, the Anambra sector commander, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, gave more details regarding the arrest of errant masqueraders during the Yuletide festivities.
Kumapayi said masqueraders had caused more severe public harm in the past and that the commission would not compromise its position this time because it was ready to impound masqueraders constituting nuisance on the roads. He noted that masqueraders should veer off the roads and avoid causing traffic jams due to the festivities.
The Anambra sector commander said, “Last year, we recorded some negative issues whereby masquerades led to fatal crashes. We will not allow that this time round. We will impound them. Masquerades are not supposed to be causing problems because we believe they are spirits.
“So we will impound those spirits. We are warning them to veer off the roads. We are not saying that they should not celebrate their masquerade festivals but they should not cause obstructions on the roads.”
Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state represented by his Deputy Dr. Nkem Okeke observed that human elements were major causative factors responsible for road traffic crashes, urging the FRSC to enforce strict compliance to traffic rules and regulations.
The governor urged the FRSC to ensure that vehicles with bad tyres were put off the roads as the festive season sets in and equally admonished commuters to be mindful of the vehicles they were boarding to avoid unfortunate occurrences, stressing that the Christmas and New year festivities were characterised by beehive of activities and that road safety officials should be more proactive and responsive during the festive periods.