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Ember months: Kebbi Govt., FRSC campaign to save lives, reduce crashes to 5% during period

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Ember months: Kebbi Govt., FRSC campaign to save lives, reduce crashes to 5% during period

The Kebbi Government in collaboration with Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has pledged to fight major factors causing road traffic crashes in order to ensure the preservation of lives and properties on roads in the state. 

Speaking at the 2023 Ember Months flag-off campaign in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, Gov. Nasir Idris, said that the period provided opportunities for people to come home for family unions and ceremonies in the state. 

He said,” Owing to the development, our roads have always witnessed high vehicular traffic congestions, gridlocks, road traffic crashes and attendant loss of lives and properties. 

“This situation is further worsened by the excesses of motorists along our corridors which leave horrifying nightmare in the minds of all stakeholders, motorists, travelers, government, and security agencies.” 

Idris, represented by the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Alhaji Abdullahi Muslim, emphasised that the road safety happened through the deliberate efforts of the stakeholders in the state. 

“Every one of us here has a role to play. Drivers, students, insurers, security agencies, and all of us are victims of road traffic crashes and their families,” he said.

The governor lauded the good leadership of the Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Yusuf Haruna, saying that it had gone a long way in reducing road crashes in the state. 

Earlier, ACM, Ramalan Yerima, the Zonal Commanding Officer, in-charge of zone 10 Sokoto, said that the mental and physical fitness of drivers are inevitable factors for any successful journey.

“It is compulsory for driver to avoid driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol fatigue or anything that affect physical and mental fitness of the drivers,” he said.

Yerima commended Gov. Idris for making the state a conducive enabling environment to operate.

He also added that the palliative recently donated to FRSC in the state had changed the life of all staff in the current trying time, saying that,” the gesture will forever linger in the mind of all the staff.” 

In his remarks, Haruna, said that from Sept. to Dec. road traffic crashes and fatality usually increased due to vehicular movement, greed and reckless behavior of some commercial drivers on the high way during the period. 

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“In order to mitigate this ugly menace during this period and beyond, FRSC came up with a holistic approach tagged ‘Ember Months Campaign. 

” It is characterized by: aggressive public enlightenment, re-activation of traffic camp, creation of road traffic crashes help areas/ clinics, deployment of staff long strategic location for traffic control, among others,” he said. 

Haruna emphasised the excessive speeding, overloading, use of unsafe tyre, wrong packing, use of phone while driving, disobeying traffic signs, are all forms of recklessness leading to road clashes. 

The sector commander commended NURTW, NARTO, FERMA and all the stakeholders for their contributions to entrenchment of a safe motoring environment in the state.

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