Governor Willie Obiano flagged off the 2015 Ember Months National Campaign of the Federal Road Safety Corps, yesterday at the Bridge Head, Onitsha.
The theme of the 2015 campaign “Operation Sanity; driving safely into 2016”, was attended by the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Service Commanders and other members of the State Security Council, Regular and Special Marshals of the FRSC, Leaders of the Various Road Transport Unions and APGA chieftains.
According to Governor Obiano, the establishment of the project is part of his administration’s initiatives towards guaranteeing the welfare and safety of Commercial drivers passing through the state especially as concerning heavy-duty Vehicles.
The project for a 100 tanker-capacity Truck Terminal at Ogidi in Idemili North Council Area of the State was also kicked off by the governor who explained that the Terminal will also hold a guest house to accommodate at least 100 drivers per night.
Through a successful partnership with the FRSC, the government has reportedly recorded numerous success stories in the State Transport Sector and improved Road Safety for motorists and road users in Anambra.
“In collaboration with the FRSC, we have removed all abandoned vehicles along the various roads in major cities in the state, all with a view to ensure free flow of traffic. That exercise will continue in the rural areas and we are hoping that before Christmas, there will be no abandoned vehicle along the roads in the state”, the Governor explained.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Oyeyemi commended the strategic role played by the commercial city of Onitsha in traffic management in the country as well as Governor Obiano’s unwavering focus towards the success of the operations of the Corps in the state.
“Last year, the Governor committed to assisting the FRSC in ensuring free flow of traffic along the Onitsha Head bridge and Upper Iweka, this promise he fulfilled and for the first time in these areas, commuters passed with ease as if it was a public holiday. I also want to place on record, the logistic support with the medium recovery vehicle, the fully-equipped ambulance and the effective administration of the Anambra state Traffic Management Agency, ASTA and their training at the FRSC Academy at Udi, Enugu State that has complemented what the Corps is doing in the State. This is clear evident to your passion for saving lives and your belief that the best practices you have experienced in some developed countries can be replicated here in Anambra State. We at the FRSC acknowledge and appreciate your efforts and will continue the partnership with the state”, he said.
Also speaking, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in Charge of Zonal “5”, Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki also spoke “FRSC places high premium on ember months’ campaigns with the aim of preventing carnage and ensuring free movement of goods and persons along the roads all over the country”.
Other stakeholders from different organsiations also spoke during the occasion; South-East Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Comrade Augustine Udeozor, State Deputy Chairman, Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG workers, Mr Pius Ani and a representative of the United Steel Transporters Association, Prince Iyke Anyikwa, praised the State Government and the FRSC for the initiative and assured that they will communicate the message of safety on the roads to their members, calling on government to assist in addressing some of their challenges.
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