Justice Mamman Nasir, former Court of Appeal President and District Head of Malumfashi in Katsina State, has called for community partnership initiatives to ensure safety on Nigerian roads.
Nasir made this call on Monday when a team of the Federal Road Safety Corps, led by Assistant Corps Marshal Bulus Darwan, visited him in his palace.
The traditional head, who pledged his support for the FRSC, also described collective community efforts as an effective measure for safety on the roads.
He called for collective efforts among all road users to achieve the desired result in safeguarding people’s lives and property.
The traditional ruler enjoined the FRSC officials to always interact with community groups for good understanding and relationship about their activities.
Nasir lauded the commission’s efforts for conducting periodic enlightenment campaigns and displaying of posters on the roads as safety precautions to save lives and property.
He added that the cordial relationships the FRSC enjoyed from communities, state and local governments, sister agencies needed to be reciprocated by the commission.
Responding, Darwan, who is in charge of Zone 1, Kaduna, cautioned road users against overloading and dangerous driving, which he described as major causes of road accidents.
Durwan reiterated the commission’s commitment to ensure accident free roads in the country and stressed the importance of collective efforts among all road users to achieve the desired result.
He noted that the commission initiated various measures such as patrol, sensitization campaigns, educative talks on vehicle condition, speed limits, overloading and other measures aimed at checking motorists.
Durwan described the zone as an area with numerous road networks, linking places, adding that the statistics of road accidents recorded from the area in the past were worrisome.
He further appealed to communities not to take laws into their hands by mounting indiscriminate speed bumps, using items as wood and metallic substances which could be dangerous.
The FRSC official urged the communities to liaise with the Ministry of Works to provide them with legitimate speed bumps according to standard specifications.
Speaking also, Alhaji Datti Ningi, the Leader of Malumfashi Concerned Citizens on Road Safety, urged drivers to ensure proper condition of vehicle wipers, lighting system, good tyres and others at all times.
Ningi lauded the commission for introducing speed limit device and the introduction of the mobile courts to try erring drivers, noting that the measures would reduced accidents on the roads.
The Malumfashi Unit Commander of FRSC, Garba Yusuf, also lauded community leaders, road transport workers unions and other stakeholders on their efforts towards safeguarding people’s lives and property.
The event was attended by different groups in the zone comprising of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.
(Culled from Today)