The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said that ‘ember months’ were periods in the year when people erroneously believed that evil forces on the roads were responsible for crashes and fatalities.
This was the crux of the matter at the 2018 Ember Months’ Awareness Campaign Flag-off in Awka, the state capital, at the weekend.
At the event, tagged: “Safe Driving Saves Lives”, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, stressed that road mishaps were not caused by evil forces but by the people struggling to travel to meet their loved ones.
Oyeyemi, represented by Kehinde Adeleye, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer RS5 Benin City, Edo State, noted that more trips on the part of commercial drivers to make more profits in preparation for the Yuletide without adequate rest were some of the remote causes of road mishaps.
Oyeyemi emphasized that it is the resolve of the Corps to use the media, as well as all other public enlightenment platforms, to dispel the erroneous belief that accidents on the roads were caused by malignant forces and to also proffer a way forward for the reduction of road traffic crashes.
He, therefore, informed all and sundry that the weather condition was changing, hence the need for motorists to ensure that head-lamps were in good condition in case of low visibility.
Sunday Michael Ajayi, the state Sector Commander of the commission, emphasized that the Ember Months Campaign was a strategy towards actualizing the 2018 strategic goals of the commission aimed at reduction of road traffic crashes by 15 per cent and fatalities by 30 per cent, adding that all hands must be on deck as road safety was a shared responsibility.
He observed that the rate of road traffic crashes was high and that the situation called for urgent steps to deal with the menace.
According to him, “as a Command, we remain committed to the avowed ideal of the corps to intensify a well-coordinated enforcement capacity, effective traffic management and robust public enlightenment to sanitize the highways in the course of the year”, thereby assuring all road-users in Anambra State of a stress-free traffic experience.
Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano, who was represented at the occasion by Harry Uduh, the Head of Service, explained that the state government was currently working on roads across the state, especially as the rains were over.
Uduh noted that the FRSC could testify to the efforts of the Obiano administration on road infrastructure, stressing that the governor was committed to the provision of quality roads and other amenities necessary to enhance their living conditions.