By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja
FEDERAL Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kogi Sector Command said on Wednesday that it has deployed 800 personnel to patrol the highways across Kogi State as part of its “Operation Zero Road Traffic Crash for the yuletide”.
Mr Samuel Oyedeji, State Commander of the FRSC in Kogi who disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lokoja said the operation which commenced on Dec.15 would last for one month and end on Monday, January 15.
The Sector Commander implored motorists to strictly adhere to and obey traffic rules to avoid unpleasant consequences saying that they should avoid dangerous driving, overloading and the use of cell phones while driving.
He said that enforcement of the rules will be “focused on checkmating and sanctioning traffic offenders so as to curb unnecessary loss of lives on the highways.”
Oyedeji said 25 patrol vehicles, including three ambulances and one heavy duty tow truck were being deployed to ensure free movement of vehicles during and after the festivities adding that regular and special marshals were being deployed.
“In addition to the manpower available in the state, not less than 40 personnel have been detailed from the FRSC Zonal Headquarters, Ilorin to beef up the manpower and senior officers from the RSHQ, Abuja would be on ground to monitor and supervise the exercise across the state.
“All these are in demonstration of our readiness to strengthen safety on the roads through series of operations aimed at ensuring free flow of traffic, curbing reckless driving and clearing the roads of abandoned vehicles which preceded the deployment for the festive season.
“These operations include: mobile court sittings, obstruction clearing on highways in the state in conjunction with the state government,” he said.
Oyedeji stressed that four help centres had been setup in Ejule, Ajaokuta, Osara and Okene for prompt emergency rescue services as well as five camps in Lokoja, Koton Karfe, Zariagi and Okene for 24-hour traffic control operations in and around the areas.
The Sector Commander appealed to contractors handling emergency works on some bad spots on the roads to expedite action on the rehabilitation works to enable hitch-free movement of traffic given the expected increase in the number of road users during the festivities.