The Federal Road Safety Corps has been asked to step up its activities in addressing issues of overloading of vehicles and extortion on the highways.
The Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Maj. Gen. (Dr) Muhammed Iliyasu Bashar gave this advice on Friday while receiving the FRSC Zone 10 Commander in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, ACM Kayode Olagunju, in his palace in Birni Kebbi.
According to a statement by Zonal Public Education Officer, RC Aminu Sokoto, the traditional ruler observed that people no longer place high value on sanctity of lives and that is why they allow themselves to be overloaded in vehicles and packed with animals.
He noted that some are transported in vehicle trunks and atop of unstable loads on vehicles. He recognised the efforts of the FRSC but urged the Corps to do more to tackle the issue, promising further collaboration of the Emirate Council in public enlightenment. He called on the Corps to raise its enforcement and prosecution of violators.
The royal father also called on the Corps and other security agencies to identify the bad eggs extorting motorists in the system and flush them out. He said he wants the “positive image” of the Corps protected by continuous sanitisation of the system. He also admonished all security agencies to ensure only fit and people of good characters are recruited.
The Emir stated that the ban on motorcycle operations in Lagos has led to the influx of many of the operators into the state and many of the motorcycles are not registered. He enjoined the FRSC to ensure proper registration of the bikes and licensing of the riders for safety and security reasons.
Earlier, the Zonal Commanding Officer, ACM Olagunju appreciated the support of the Emir and traditional institutions in Kebbi state. He thanked the Emir for always keying into the programmes of the Corps aimed at reducing fatalities and injuries on the highways.
He craved for further collaboration in addressing overloading in the state while briefing the Emirate Council on FRSC efforts to check the problem. He also informed that vehicles including motorcycles with old number plates as well as those not properly registered were being impounded.
Olagunju told the royal father that the FRSC management is focused on ensuring discipline of its personnel. He promised that the Corps would not relent in its goal of ensuring compliance with traffic laws for improved road safety records in the zone.
The ZCO was accompanied to the Palace by the Kebbi State Sector Commander Corps Commander, Ebenezer Asaniyan and other Senior officers from the Command.