Evans Ugoh, Head of Imo/Abia Operations unit of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has advised Nigerians to shun night travels especially during the yuletide, warning that night journey could put travelers in more danger.
Ugoh gave the advice at the flag-off of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) 2018 ember months’ safety campaign in Owerri.
He said his advice followed the fact that rescue operations in the night are usually not very successful.
Besides accident, he said another danger usually associated with night travels is armed robbery attacks which he described as a major challenge during night journey.
“Night journey is dangerous and not advisable for any traveler; emergency response operation is usually more effective during the day than night.
“Transport companies would want to run day and night especially during this yuletide to make their gains but it is not safe for anybody, so please don’t travel in the night,” he said.
The NEMA boss said most Nigerians do not have the culture of checking the fitness of their vehicle, attributing it to the major cause of road crashes.
He urged the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to brace up to their responsibilities by ensuring that any vehicle on the road is certified fit and road worthy.
Ugoh also urged the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to collaborate with the VIOs in ensuring routine check of vehicles on the road.
While advising road users to ensure traffic laws are obeyed, he urged law enforcement agencies to ensure that traffic offenders are prosecuted.