By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the auspice of The Eye Opener Youth and Women Foundation, on Monday sensitized drivers in motor parks in Kaduna metropolis on common causes of accidents on the roads.
The President/Founder of the group, Mrs. Margret Julius, said the campaign became necessary especially at the Christmas period where roads in the country are very busy due to movement of people from one part of the country to the other who are eager to join their loved ones to mark the festivity.
Mrs. Julius disclosed that the group invited the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) alongside the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) to come and enlighten drivers on common causes of accidents, saying most accidents on our roads were avoidable ones.
According to her, there are so many drivers who are on drugs and do not even love driving, and maybe due to some circumstances they find themselves driving, hence, the group was at the motor parks to open their eyes on common causes of accidents.
“The Yuletide is a season where so many people travel and the roads quite busy, and many of the drivers see this season as an opportunity to make fast money. So they drive more than expected, breaking all rules and in the process cause untimely deaths of people.
“We are at the Kawo Motor Park, then we will move to Mando Lagos Carriage and then to Kaduna State Transport Authority, (KSTA) Motor Park and others to enlighten more drivers on the dangers of taking illicit drugs especially while driving,” Julius added.
Also speaking, an officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Kaduna State Command, Dr. Ibrahim Baba, said the dangers of substance abuse are enormous and even worse when a driver takes the lives of others entrusted on him under the influence of drugs.
According to him, a driver who is involved in drug abuse risks the lives of others and his own life.
“We have come to remind and educate them so that the dangers of avoidable accidents on our roads can be reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.
The Assistant Route Commander, Staff Officer Public Enlightenment Department, FRSC Kaduna, Usman Garba, cautioned drivers to be patient, adding that the Government is doing its best to carry out repairs on the roads.
He disclosed that commercial vehicles record the highest number of accidents on our roads as the drivers speed unnecessarily.
He reiterated the need for unions in motor parks to impress it on their members to install Speed Limiting Devices in their vehicles as this would help in no small way reduce road accidents.
On his part, the Branch Secretary, (Bus Long Journey) at the Mando Lagos Carriage, Abdulganiyu Olushola, who represented the Branch Chairman, Suleiman Gora, said most passengers are eager to arrive their destinations on time and they tend to hurry the driver.
“We do advise our drivers before they take-off not to heed to pressures from passengers, rather they should concentrate on the journey before them.”
Olushola insisted that their members do abide by the law as before they commenced on any journey, they are not allowed to over load their vehicles or field buses with faulty tyres for a journey.
“There are VIOs selected by the branch to carry out inspection of buses in the park before they embarked on any journey. Any buses that want to load in this park must be standard otherwise it would not be allowed to load,” he said.