It would not be business as usual for road users in Anambra State from July 1, as the State Government would commence enforcement of laws on compulsory use of crash helmet by motor cyclists, as well as seizure of vehicles that are not road worthy.
Governor Willie Obiano announced this when he paid a condolence visit to a family at Ochuche-Umuodu, in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, who lost five family members in a fatal auto crash last week.
It was a massacre of some sort of four women and one man from Okechukwu family and another from Nwadialo’s family, in an auto crash while returning from a traditional marriage ceremony of a kinsman at Ekwulumili in Nnewi South Local Government Area.
What was supposed to be a happy occasion turned sour when a construction truck rammed into them at Obodoukwu road in Okpoko, killing six people on the spot and injuring many.
The Governor, who attributed the unfortunate incident to carelessness and non-adherence to traffic laws, read the riot act to all road users.
He disclosed plans to place road signs and markings at necessary places, as part of measures to improve safety and promote sanity on roads.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Hyginus Omeje, also said that his command would actively enforce the traffic laws.
Also reacting to the development and emphasizing strict enforcement of traffic laws were the Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, and the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Image Management, Paul Nwosu, who decried the carelessness that robbed them of their community members, as they were all from Ogbaru council area.
The community members appreciated the Governor’s visit and noted that his governance had remained a people oriented administration and had given them a sense of belonging by sharing their burdens with them.
The Governor was received by the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Paul Agaba.