Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Population growth contributes to road accidents in FCT’

Poor awareness of traffic rules and population glut have been identified as some of the major factors responsible for the increasing cases of road accidents in the federal capital territory.

This is according to the FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, who is however optimistic that strict compliance to traffic rules and regulations will reduce the number of accidents, especially at road interceptions.

The minister, who stated this during the flagged- off a Ministerial Action Against Traffic Violation in the FCT, over the weekend, noted that “a mega city like Abuja cannot be run if there is indiscipline on the road”.

Bello lamented that as the population of the city expanded, it was observed that many road users did not understand many traffic rules and regulations and invariably put their lives and the lives of other road users in jeopardy.

In his words “As the city of Abuja continues to grow, we have noticed so many people coming into the city from areas where there are no traffic lights. Some of them don’t seem to understand the difference between green, amber and red and don’t seem to understand also that the moment you violate these simple three coloured lights, you are putting your life and the life of the other person in danger and we have sadly seen instances where lives have been lost at intersections like this one.

“This is something that has been of great concern to me and the Corps Marshal and the Commissioner of Police and the people in our health facilities because each time there is an accident, our system gets overstretched.”

Bello also expressed appreciation to the Federal Road Safety corps, FRSC, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and the Nigeria Police for keying into the Ministerial Action Against Traffic Violation and pledging their commitment to its success.

He said “All agencies have agreed to key into the system of making sure that every road user follows what you see at intersections, whether they are Zebra Crossings or whether they are traffic lights”.

He added “I’m very happy with the support of the men and women of the FRSC, the Nigerian Police, the NSCDC and the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services. Their actions will involve prosecution of offenders and impoundment of vehicles because the life of every citizen of Abuja matters to all of us”.

Also speaking, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, who was represented by Deputy Corps Marshal, Kayode Fanola, assured the commitment of the FRSC to ensuring the success of the Ministerial Action. He also called for the availability of mobile courts.

 

Also pledging their commitment to the programme on behalf of their organisations were DCP (operations) FCT Police Command, Sunday Babaji, Chief Superintendent of Corps (NSCDC) Ayinde Yusuf and Director FCT Department of Road Traffic Services, Wadata Bodinga.

 

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