FRSC Cautions Nigerians Against Clutching “Fairly Used” Tyres
The Kaduna state command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday said it has taken sensitization campaign against the use of expired tyres to worship centers to enlighten people on dangers associated with the use of such category of tyres, which has become a major cause of road accidents in the country.
Kaduna Sector Commander of FRSC, Owomiho Francis Udoma, made this known in Kaduna, while addressing a joint press briefing organized by the Kaduna state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in conjunction with Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA), FRSC, National Orientation Agency (NOA) and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) ahead of a Road Walk sensitization lecture on KASTELEA operations for its Marshals and the public scheduled to hold on Saturday, 16th July, 2016.
According to him, burst tyres, which mostly occur as a result of their expiration and speed violation, are responsible for most road accidents that kill up to 17 lives and injure more than 100 persons within a week in Kaduna state.
Udoma expressed dissatisfaction over Nigerian attitude of patronizing fairly used tyres, which have un-guaranteed potency, saying most tyres expire after four years. He, however, appealed to the public to always take precaution, while driving by adopting a minimum speed limit, obeying road traffic laws and driving with ‘sane mind’ to avoid road accident.
While calling on motorist to avoid holding fake driver’s licenses, the commander cautioned that holding a fake driver’s license would do a motorist more harm than good, especially in times of emergency.
In his remarks, General Manager of KASTELEA, Colonel Abdulkadir Ahmed Zubairu (rtd), noted that the Road Walk campaign is necessary so as to sensitize the general public on its activities ahead of enforcement.
He said KASTELEA is the new Road Inspection outfit recently set up by Kaduna State Government to replace the Vehicle Inspector Officers (VIOs), which was scrapped by Governor El-Rufai in 2015. According to him, the awareness and sensitization could only be successful when professional information managers like media are involved; hence, their importance cannot be overemphasized.
He noted that for a start, the Agency will only operate within the major cities of Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria, while as they gradually develop, more marshals would be employed and deployed to every nooks and crannies of the State. He also added that their presence will equally assist the Police, whose number cannot meet up with the population of people residing in the State in terms of curbing indiscipline.
He said, “We have more of our men in areas we have identified as ‘hot spots’ where the menace of indiscipline is high. We are still sensitizing people because of the perceived force they thought we will operate. But then, people should not take this period of grace for granted, because by the time we begin the real enforcement, it will not be a laughing matter anymore.
“We are taking our time to study and have statistics to work with when we begin full operation. I’m very sure we are coming to make our road and environment better and safer. We are out to ensure orderliness, so people should not see us as their enemies but only partners in progress,” he stressed.
Earlier, while making his remarks, NUJ Chairman, Comrade Garba Muhammad, told the visiting partners that journalists across the country will always support courses that are geared towards improving lifespan of every Nigeria.