Governor aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State has tasked security agencies to find a lasting solution to overloading, thereby, making efforts to eradicate avoidable deaths on the roads.
Governor Wamakko gave the charge when he commissioned the office complex built, furnished and donated to the Sokoto state Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) by the Sokoto state Government.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Governor Wamakko expressed satisfaction with the support which the security agencies in the state have rendered to his administration in the last eight years, describing the gesture as a demonstration of the deep appreciation of the government and people of Sokoto state to the role of the FRSC “in keeping the road environment safer for all road travelers in the state.”
He said, “We all have responsibility to contribute in different ways to the efforts to eradicate avoidable deaths on the roads. The state government therefore saw the need to provide some logistics support to the FRSC which is the lead agency for road safety management and administration in the country in its determination to eradicate road carnage in the country.
“That is why we have been rendering the necessary support to their operations in the state, and we believe that would contribute to their efforts to make roads safer for all by eradicating avoidable death and injuries , which result from road traffic crashes in the state,” he stated.
According to him, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been able to distinguish itself as a committed organization, through various policies and programmes that it enunciates to support the development initiatives of the state government, adding that he would remain committed to rendering necessary support to all federal government agencies operating in the state.
Wamakko who frowned at the level of impunity being exhibited by some road transporters in the state who overload their vehicles with goods and human beings pointed out that the habit is responsible for unnecessary death and injuries on the highways.
He therefore appealed to motorists in the state to desist from the practice, as he would support all measures that could address the menace.
“There must a new and effective way of finding solutions to the menace of overloading of vehicle with goods and human beings which has become a common sight in the state. People must realize that lives are too precious to be toyed with. Let me therefore, charge all security agencies operating in the state to collaborate and find veritable means of finding solutions to the menace of overloading to avert avoidable death and injuries on the roads,” he stated.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Chairman of the FRSC Board, Mr Felix Chuckwu while thanking Governor Wamakko for the kind gesture of the donation of the office complex, stated that members of the Commission would support all policies that could make the roads safer for all.
According to him, the office accommodation would enhance the capacity of the personnel of the Command to perform their statutory responsibilities more efficiently under the conducive environment provided by the new office accommodation.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi in his address, stated that by Governor Wamakko’s gesture, he has demonstrated the desired political will and partnership spirit which are required to tackle the challenges of road safety in the country head-on.
Corps Marshal Oyeyemi vowed to take necessary measures that could lead to the attainment of safer road environment in the country, pointing out that road safety is a shared responsibility, and every stakeholder must play a part in the efforts to eradicate road traffic crashes.