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NEMA fortifies South East roads as Okorocha urges peace in Imo

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
23 December 2021   |   2:42 am
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced Operation Eagle Eye as part of measures to address the traffic challenges during the Christmas and New Year celebrations

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced Operation Eagle Eye as part of measures to address the traffic challenges during the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the South East region.

Speaking while flagging off the exercise at the Four Corner Junction in Ozalla, along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, South-East Zonal Coordinator of (NEMA), James Eze Major, explained that the yearly programme would also complement efforts of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in tackling the traffic upsurge associated with the festive period.

He, however, urged motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations and cooperate with officials on the road.

NEMA does this yearly traffic control measure, operational Eagle Eye with other sister agencies particularly the FRSC with the aim of helping to manage the upsurge in traffic jams on our major roads during the festive season in the South East.

“Motorists in Nigeria must imbibe the habit of obeying traffic rules and regulations, cooperate and obey traffic officials because they are always there to help out,” he said.

He said the programme, which would last till January 10, 2023, is expected to hold on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Ninth Mile, Awka-Onitsha Expressway and Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway, among other routes.

The NEMA boss said the agency would also deploy its officials to the Head Bridge Onitsha to control traffic, adding that the agency had deployed its Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance, Response Intensive Van and extricate machines to the routes for prompt medical emergency interventions.

MEANWHILE, former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has appealed to youths and alleged masterminds of the killing of monarchs and influential persons to stop the attacks and allow peace to reign in the state.

Okorocha made the appeal at the funeral of the mother of his son-in-law, the late Mrs. Jemaimah Adaeze Nwosu, at St. Peters Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Council.

He decried the killings in the state in the ceremony that was attended by the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. A. B. C. Agbazuere; Federal and state legislators and other officials.

He, therefore, appealed to the sponsors of violence and killings in the South East to rethink and desist from their dastardly acts, which had been hindering the progress and development of the state and South East region.