By; VITALUS UGO, Calabar
Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Cross River Command, Chidiebere Nkwonta, has disclosed that no fewer than120 people lost their lives in road accidents between January 2017 till date.
He made the disclosure while speaking at the end of year mega rally and patrol flag off organized by the Corps at the Etim Edem motor park in Calabar.
He said “at this time of the year there is always an upsurge in vehicular activities as it signals the beginning of the yuletide period”.
Nkwonta said “people over the years have a misconception of attributing road accidents during this period to evil spirits. He said this is an excuse to neglect the driver’s responsibility to obey traffic rules and regulations”.
He said the rally was a massive public enlightenment programme to bring together stakeholders to sensitize them on the need to adopt driving safety rules during the period of yuletide and beyond.
Said he “Federal Road Safety Corps cannot do this alone. Road safety is a big project and everybody’s business, as such we encourage all transport operators in the state to take road safety as a serious business”.
Earlier, the zonal commanding officer, (RS6HQ) of the Corps, Kingsley Agomoh, also urged commuters to be safety and security conscious, cooperate with FRSC operatives and other traffic and security related operatives in discharging their lawful duties.
By so doing, “this is the only way you can have assurance of safety on our roads especially this period and have a pleasurable cruise into 2018 and beyond”.
Earlier the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade ,had expressed appreciation to the FRSC for the rally, saying “it shows responsiveness towards not just their jobs, but the lives of Nigerians”.
He said the rally was a call to all road users, drivers and pedestrians, to understand that every other person has a right to the road.
Ayade who was represented by the commissioner for Information, Mrs. Rosemary Archibong, said the sensitization was apt at such a time in the state when people from all over the world would be coming to the state for the carnival.