The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in Kano flagged off “Operation Safe Eid-el-Kabir“ to minimize road traffic crashes.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director-General NEMA, Mr Mustapha Habib, advised motorists against dangerous driving during the celebration.
Habib, who was represented by Malam Sanusi Ado of the NEMA Kano Territorial Office, said the exercise was aimed at sensitizing and educating motorists and commuters on the dangers of over-speeding and reckless driving during the festive period.
Habib also said that the exercise was to minimize road crashes on major roads and ensure prompt intervention in accident cases.
He stressed that the exercise would create awareness among road users, engender effective response in road emergencies and caution road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations during and after the festive period.
The director-general called on the public to use the power of social media as an effective tool in disaster response.
He reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to cooperate with other organisations in disaster management.
Also speaking, Kano State FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Zubairu Mato, urged motorists to avoid overloading their vehicles to save lives and property and also to protect their vehicles.
“Usually, this season comes with a lot of challenges where drivers tend to overload their vehicles with passengers and goods and this results in high number of casualties if an accident occurs.
“I urge you all to put all hands on deck, obey rules and regulations to win the war against over-speeding, overtaking, overloading and dangerous driving,’’ he advised.
Mato, however, advised passengers not to board any vehicle that is overloaded, pointing out that it is only the living that celebrate.
On his part, the Deputy Managing Director, Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Mr Ibrahim Bala, called on motorist to drive with care and to adhere to speed limits.
“The recommended speed is 100kph on highway and between 30kph and 50kph on township roads.
“We are in the rainy season, motorists should avoid
over-loading and over-speeding as the roads are treacherous“, he said.
He warned parents, who are in the habit of giving their vehicles to their wards below 18 years, to desist from doing so as the agency would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute violators.
Justice Watch News gathered that other stakeholders who were present at the flag-off included officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
The flag-off campaign, leaflets on “Drive with care“, “Avoid overloading“ and “Do not make or receive calls while driving“ were distributed to motorists along the Kano-Zaria Road and motor parks.
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