The Emir of Zuru, Major General (Dr) Muhammadu Sani Sami, has commended the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for its “initiatives and adoption of modern strategies in evolving safer road culture” in Nigeria.
According to a statement by Sokoto zonal spokesperson, RC Aminu Aliyu Sokoto, on Thursday, the monarch praised the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and his team for their efforts in “sanitizing our road environment”.
He promised continuous partnership of the Emirate Council with the FRSC to further sensitise road users on the needs to comply with traffic rules and regulations.
The royal father also decried the “unsafe practice of overloading of vehicles with animals and persons resulting in many cases of loss of many lives and property on the road.”
He advised the Corps not to relent in its enforcement activities. He stated these while welcoming the FRSC Zonal Commander for Zone 10 in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode Olagunju, to his palace.
The Emir also called for “proper regulations of commercial motorcycle operations in the efforts to curb crimes and enhance safety in our communities.”
He called for total ban of use of motorcycles across the borders to prevent infiltration of criminals and use of motorcycles for activities that threaten the security of the nation.
Earlier, the Zonal Commander, ACM Kayode Olagunju thanked the Emir and the Emirate Council for the support and collaboration with the FRSC in the efforts to improve on road safety situation in the community.
He appreciated traditional rulers for always lending their voices in encouraging their subjects to keep to the rules of the road. He informed that overloading is a major concern of the corps in the area.
Olagunju enjoined all vehicle owners, motorcycles inclusive, to properly register their vehicles and procure the new number plates. He admonished the operators to always put their vehicles in road worthy conditions.
He disclosed that vehicles still carrying old number plates would be instantly impounded, warning that all overloaded vehicles would also be seized in accordance with extant laws.
The zonal commander added that he had directed that operators of such vehicles should also be prosecuted and that such operators stand the risks of fines and imprisonment.
Olagunju reminded all road users that crashes don’t just happen, but are caused by disobedience to traffic laws and regulations.
He was accompanied to the Emir’s Palace by the Kebbi State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Aboyomi Asaniyan, the Unit Commander Zuru Unit, Assistant Corps Commander Ibrahim Idris and all the heads of sister security agencies in the area.