As a precursor to prevent the high rate of accidents and fatalities that has become the hallmark of the ember months, Adamawa State command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) has flagged off the 2020 ember months campaign.
In his speech at the occasion which took place at the Yola town motor park, Wednesday, Adamawa State sector commander, Ocheja I Ameh said the purpose of the exercise is to ensure reduction of accident and fatalities to the nearest minimum.
He noted that the theme of this year’s campaign which is “drive safe, stay safe” is aimed at ensuring that road accident is reduced by 15 percent while fatalities is reduced by 20 percent.
Ameh noted that significant attention will be paid on overloading, driving with worn out tyres, over speeding, dangerous driving, and usage of phones while driving among other causes of road crashes.
He said the command has concluded arrangements to take the ember campaign to mosques, churches, motor parks and other public spaces to sensitize the populace against the menace of dangerous driving and other harmful practices.
The sector commandant noted that FRSC will also ensure taking the safety message to schools with the view of enlightening school drivers to obey COVID-19 preventive protocols.
He promised to ensure that the COVID-19 safety protocols are observed at motor parks and on highways adding that both drivers and passengers must adhere strictly with the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
He said such measures include the provision of hand washing stations across all the motor parks in the state, maintaining social distancing and compulsory use of face mask before vehicles are allowed to embark on journeys.
He thanked the military, the police and other paramilitary organizations for the support they have been rendering to the corp in pursuit of its constitutional duties.
Ameh also thanked the state government as well as well as the chairmen of the 21 local governments in the state for the support they are according station officers deployed to local governments in order to prevent road crashes.
He also thanked the Corp Marshall of FRSC Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi for the purposeful leadership he is giving which led to the milestones being recorded by the organization.
Commenting, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said he will continue to collaborate with the corp to prevent road crashes in the state.
The governor who was represented by the commissioner of transportation, Hon Jika Mustapha lauded FRSC for the monumental feats it is recording in the state and vows to maintain the tempo of corporation with the organization.