Road Users Ask FG To Fix Otukpo-Enugu Road

Otukpo-Enugu, road usersTruck drivers and other road users have asked the federal government to rehabilitate the Otukpo-Enugu highway, a major route for agricultural produce and petroleum products between northern and southern Nigeria. 

They made the appeal while speaking to Channels Television along a failed portion of the federal highway in the Otukpo axis of Benue state.

The Benue State Deputy Governor and the contractor who constructed the Otukpo-Enugu Federal highway over 18 years ago, were at the Och’idoma palace junction of the road for inspection.

They went to see the extent of the failure on the road which runs through the heart of Otukpo local council and to flag off township roads.

On sighting the Deputy Governor and his team inspecting the Enugu roundabout, some youths besieged the area, asking that the federal government fix the road, which has claimed several lives overtime.

One of the motorists deplored the poor state of the road. “Since they say there is change, let them make the change for us by fixing Otukpo road and the roundabout.

“Every week we have motor accidents, trailer falling, break failure and others, we are so tired,” he said.

Others also commended the state government for showing interest in their plight.

 

The state government has already initiated some repairs as part of a township road rehabilitation project in Otukpo Local Government Area.

The Sole Administrator of Otukpo local government, Mr George Ali, has begun palliative work on some of the bad spots, with the belief that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’.

The Deputy Governor promised that the state would work with the federal government to find a solution to the road problem.

“I don’t want to talk about the past, it is gone and that is why we were elected.

“Our efforts should be geared towards getting things done. Anything that was bad should be corrected and that is why we are here to see what we can do.”

FRSC Apprehends 130 Road Offenders In Anambra

Road-Safety-Commission-overloaded-vehicleOfficials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have apprehended and prosecuted over 130 heavy duty truck drivers for sundry offences against road safety during the phase two of the FRSC ‘Operation Scorpion’ exercise in Anambra state.

The exercise led by the State Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi, targets restoration of sanity on roads in which drivers of articulated vehicles, including lorries, trailers, trucks, tankers and low-bed vehicles, are checked, to ensure their strict compliance with traffic standards in driving such big vehicles.

Mr Ajayi noted that some drivers still drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He advised transporters, especially fleet operators, to ensure that their safety management department was more effective with keeping a tab on their drivers.

The Anambra State Government has banned commercial motorcycles plying the highways and heavy duty truck supplying petroleum products in the daytime, from the beginning of August.

In reaction, some drivers commended the exercise, advising their colleagues to drive with care.

According to road safety tenets, simple obedience to traffic instructions will go a long way in avoiding road crashes and so motorists, whether drivers of articulated trucks or cars are urged to be conscious of safety, so as to live to drive another day.

NDLEA, FRSC Partner To Sanitize Parks And Highways

ndlea, efccFollowing the recent fatal crashes in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with the help of the state government, have commenced a joint operation on the major highways and parks in the state, to sanitize and ensure that all harmful practices that lead to accidents and loss of lives are stopped.

This decision is coming on the heels of the ban placed on sale of alcohol, illicit drugs and intoxicating substance in all motor parks in the state.

Leading the operation in Awka and Onitsha, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu, and the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, sensitized drivers, road users and traders at various parks on the dangers of drunk-driving and other road indiscipline.

During the stall to stall inspection, many traders were warned against the sale of alcohol and any other intoxicating substances, as all have been placed under ban. The NDLEA Commander interrogated some of the petty traders at Amawbia and Eke Awka Parks.

The NDLEA Commander addressed the park drivers and sounded the note of warning to them as enforcement would commence immediately after the sensitization.

The Safety manager of Adam and Eve park Amawbia, Mr Chimezie Nwankwo, while commending the positive measures from the government, allayed fears of non-compliance to the rules of high way safety, as they had already stopped the sale of any hard drink at the park.

From Awka to Onitsha, the men of the FRSC began the sanitization of the highways, as motorcycles and tricycles from defaulting cyclists were confiscated.

The Sector Commander warned that whoever must use the roads in the state must comply to the rules of the Road Safety so that the lives of the people would not be endangered.

It was also discovered that some cyclists take drugs, as Indian hemp was found neatly concealed in one confiscated motorcycle whose owner fled.

Reacting to the development, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, said the state would commence enforcement of zero tolerance to motorcycle riders plying designated busy roads in the state, as well as arrest of motorcycle riders and passengers who failed to wear crash helmet from August 1.

Port Harcourt Residents Decry Traffic Congestions

port-harcourtResidents of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, have decried the regular traffic congestions around the metropolis.

While some blame the situation on the condition of some roads and call on the Rivers State Government to double up its efforts in fixing the bad roads, others maintained that the indiscipline on the part of a few road users compound the frustration by many people on the roads.

Jonathan Abido, who is a resident in the area, told Channels Television that various repair works done on the road had not yielded a lasting solution.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has set up a Traffic Decongestion Committee to address the worrisome traffic situation.

The spokesman of the Rivers State Government, Opunabo Inko-Tariam, said that indiscipline on the part of some road users was a factor, but expressed the belief that the challenges would soon pass away.