Motorists as well as residents of some communities have been reacting to the ‘no speed breakers’ directive by the Federal Government.
This is sequel to the directive by Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that all speed breakers on federal highways be removed.
Those agitating for the speed breakers to remain have insisted that they are necessary, in order to control the speed of motorists on the highways.
They believe that several lives have been lost to road accidents as a result of over-speeding by motorists, especially as some motorists indulge in drunk driving.
Some citizens are, however, in support of the government’s order for the removal of the speed breakers.
Motorists especially have complained that the speed breakers damage their vehicles, insisting that they are of no advantage on the highways.
Federal Controller of Works in Ondo State, Hezekiah Kehinde, in an interview with Channels Television, opined that speed breakers are not part of road design.
According to him, “they are illegal and they even cause accidents”.
Channels TV also spoke with two transporters, Adewale Ojo and Kayode Agbeyanju, who were also of the view that the speed breakers should be removed from the highways.
Meanwhile, an Assistant Corps Marshall in the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Wole Olaniran, has suggested that it is rather “preferable for speed limit devices to be installed in vehicles, in order to limit the speed of motorists”.