Estimated 16 million passengers to ply Lagos-Ibadan expressway during Yuletide season, says FRSC boss
Holds Seminar For Drivers On Road Safety
To ensure passengers’ safety, before, during and after the yuletide season, Ogun State government yesterday organised a seminar on road safety for commercial drivers in the State.
The State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by in his Deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, in his address urged the participants to make the best use of the knowledge gained during the seminar. He also appealed to motorists to see the officials of the FRSC and the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) as their partners and not enemies.
In his address, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Sector, Clement Oladele, disclosed that the agency has projected that no fewer than 16 million passengers will travel on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway during the festive period.
According to him, between December last year and January this year, no fewer than one million and eight vehicles plied the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. He added that 72 per cent of the vehicles were commercial vehicles.Oladele advised the participants (drivers) to always obey traffic rules, avoid excessive speeding and dangerous overtaking for their own safety and that of their passengers. He also urged the drivers to cooperate with FRSC officials in carrying out their duties, stressing that his men are not on the road to create panic or fear but ensure the safety of all the road users.
“We don’t want people to be afraid of the FRSC, we want people to come and even give ways we could serve them better and even, we don’t always book offenders when they commit offences,” he said.The Chief Executive Officer of Tunes Communication, Tunde Oladunjoye in his remark commended the State government for ensuring that there is peace among the various transport unions in the State, adding that the purpose of the programme was to educate and sensitise road users in the State.
He stated that sensitisation became imperative because of the heavy vehicular movement in the State, especially during festive periods. He words, “Our dear State is a very important State when it comes to land transportation in Nigeria. The busiest road in Nigeria, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway passes through Ogun State.”
“You cannot leave Lagos, the heart of commerce in Nigeria to go to any State by land without passing through Ogun State and that makes it important to educate and sensitise road safety agencies, transport unions in the State. Road safety is everyday business and that is the reason why we feel it is necessary to bring the unions together to sensitise them,” he added.The well-attended one-day seminar by members of various transport unions in the State, which held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, was put together by the State Interim Committee on Transportation in conjunction with Tunes Communication Ltd.