Borno State Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Boyi Utten has counseled the State Governor Babagana Zulum for promising to help the Command with a tow truck.
Utten mentioned with the lingering insurgency in Borno, the supply of the truck would go a great distance in checking out issues of broken-down automobiles inside and out of doors the Maiduguri metropolis.
He instructed DAILY POST reporter throughout an interview that his company was fortunate to be in Borno as a tow truck would allow it transfer broken-down automobiles wherever within the state.
Utten in the course of the interview held on the sidelines of the Ember months marketing campaign mentioned many commuter automobiles have been deserted in odd locations, that are ultimately moved by personal tow vehicles.
On purposeful automobiles, he maintained that the State authorities has been magnanimous sufficient to refurbish three automobiles for their utilization even earlier than 2 extra “an ambulance and a fire truck” got here in for their assist.
He mentioned the present workplace areas for the command are operational however these in central and northern Borno nonetheless have safety points as a result of they will’t transfer in but because of the insurgency drawback.
“Apart from Bama which is now secure, our unit from Dikwa is but to return however they do patrol alongside the Mafa, Dikwa axis as a result of peace is steadily returning to a few of these affected council areas.
“However, in terms of presence and the ability to do the job, there is no council area without a representative. They feed us with lots of vital information about crashes and road safety-related matters. But apart from Bama where our unit is functioning, we have a unit Command in Kwayakusa and one in Biu council area” mentioned commander Boyi.
Speaking on automotive crashes within the state typically, Boyi famous that accidents are comparatively low in Borno as a result of most of the roads should not well-plied by commuters due to the 12-year insurgency.
“We have a roadside clinic in Beneshiek which covers accidents alongside these sections of the highway. With time we hope to open up a zebra to have the ability to maintain crashes or any type of eventuality arising from crashes from commuters.
Speaking on safety and arms protection for operations of the Corp, Commander Boyi who assumed obligation about 6 months in the past mentioned, ” it’s true that we’re not but armed however we now have so many different safety companies serving to us to make progress on this battle theatre. We are doing our greatest to serve the folks of Borno state and we’ll certainly proceed.”
Boyi famous that the Ember months marketing campaign ” is an annual occasion designed by the Corps, primarily for sensitization and reminding of all stakeholders within the Road transportation Sectors and different highway customers to be cautious whereas driving on the freeway as a result of the Ember months normally precipitate larger vehicular and human actions which do result in Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) and attendants accidents and deaths.
“The Ember months marketing campaign flag-off additionally offers us the chance to enchantment to drivers to undertake defensive driving strategies whereas plying the roads on this interval as it’s one other time we remind ourselves of the inherent risks related to driving on our highways and the necessity to imbibe optimistic attitudinal change and to be extra cautious with a purpose to cut back highway Traffic Crashes to the barest minimal.
“The theme for this yr’s marketing campaign is ‘Avoid Speeding, Over Loading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive’. The alternative of this yr’s theme is premised on the truth that overspeeding and tyre bursts have been recognized as a few of the prevailing causes of Road Traffic Crashes with larger numbers of fatalities particularly throughout this era because of a driver’s angle.
“Statistically in line with World Health Organization (WHO), 1.35 million individuals are kîlled on roads around the globe. Every day virtually 3,700 individuals are killed globally in crashes involving automobiles, buses, bikes, bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians being knocked down.
“In Nigeria, other factors that contribute to fatal crashes are overloading, overspeeding, wrongful overtaking and dangerous driving among others.”
Reeling out statistics from Borno roads, the commander mentioned that “Consequently, right here in Borno State, thus far, about 35 highway crashes have been recorded this yr, involving 42 automobiles and 302 folks, whereas 61 folks out of 302 folks have been killed with 196 others sustaining numerous levels of accidents.
“The prevalent causes were attributed to overspeeding, overloading, dangerous driving, failure to install speed limiting device, lane indiscipline, absence of wipers during rainy seasons, faulty lighting system, route violation, use of phones while driving, poor vehicle maintenance among others.”
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Bello Fago known as on stakeholders to imbibe what has been taught to them in the course of the enlightenment marketing campaign which came about on the premises of the Borno Express transportation firm.
He remarked that the principle issues of commuters in the course of the interval underneath evaluate ought to be “overspeeding, buy of inferior spare elements particularly breaks and naturally, the misuse of all method of exhausting medication.
The Commissioner of transportation Abubakar Tijani who represented Governor Babagana Zulum counseled the FRSC for preserving religion with the folks all these years inspite of the lingering insurgency within the state.
“I have to commend you for serving to us in preserving our folks alive inspite our quite a few challenges on our roads
“We are additionally pleased with you for preserving the synergy with different safety companies alive. We are conscious of the vulnerability of a few of the roads within the state but you proceed saving lives and properties every day.
“I name on the FRSC and the highway customers to be extra cautious, delicate and vigilante in controlling these points and extra.