By Jessica Ude
Commissioner for Transport in Anambra State, Dr. Christian Madubuko has assured the people on the sustenance of numerous preventive ways by the government centered at safeguarding life and property on roads. He cautioned motorists and other road users to appreciate efforts made by the government by obeying the road signs and traffic regulations to minimize havoc on the roads.
During a workshop organized by an NGO, Real Life Living Foundation in conjunction with the Transport Ministry at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, Dr. Madubuko emphasized on the need to sensitize motorists especially commercial vehicle drivers on menace of careless driving that could cause road hazards. He also re-confirmed the government’s support services while encouraging them to show appreciation by being law-abiding and supportive of its polies.
The Special Assistant (SA) to Governor on Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) Matters, Mr Ralph Okoye, described the theme of the workshop: `Safety on Wheels’, as timely. He added that the event was analytical to the transport sector, mainly now the festive period is fast approaching to enable enlightenment of the drivers to do the necessary. Mr Okoye, urged the drivers to always make sure that their vehicle is roadworthy, the lightening systems including signal lights, horns, side mirrors, rear view mirror are properly working because when their vehicle is in good condition it tends to prevent breakdowns, obstructions, fines and accidents.
The State Chief Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), Mr Chris Okeke, admonished motorists’ especially commercial drivers on the habit of dodging his officers on the road. He explained to them that the VIOs are on the roads to ensure safety and not to intimidate drivers, and he also advised the need for drivers to always update their vehicle documents.
Chairman of the NGO, Mr Godwin Onyeka, said that the workshop was aimed at educating commercial vehicle drivers on some road best practices and further explained the need to extend the programme to commercial vehicle drivers across the three senatorial zones of the state to achieve optimal result.