By Kudirat Musa
Abuja – The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) says the Federal Government is working with relevant agencies to remove dangerous speed bumps on the nation’s highways to reduce accidents.
Mr Babagana Alkali, Director Planning Research and Statistic in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Fedartion (OSGF), said this at the Pre-end of the year operation meeting with transport unions organised by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday in Abuja.
Alkali said that the Federal Government was working with relevant agencies to remove the speed bumps that were dangerous on the highways in compliance with the recent National Assembly resolution.
“ Of recent, you have heard the National Assembly resolution that the speed bumps that are dangerous on the roads should be removed because they cause nuisance and road traffic accidents and crashes along the way
“The federal government is urging that the ones that are not important should be removed and those that are important should be left behind.
“We will work with the relevant agencies to comply with that, but the work has not started yet, but we are hoping that the agencies are going to comply soon,’’ he said.
Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, thanked the stakeholders for their continuous cooperation with the corps, over the years, which helped them to record positive results.
“ I appreciate the support of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) for the increase in number of drivers who have driver’s licence.
“ I also appreciate the number of personal attendance of the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at the FRSC fora.
Mr Kassim Baltaya, Chairman NARTO, commended FRSC for what it had been doing to save the lives of people and their investments.
“NARTO will continue to partner with the FRSC because reduction of accidents makes our investment secure.
“ FRSC has done wonderfully well but our drivers need more sensitisation and continuous training with the collaboration of other relevant agencies.
“FRSC in collaboration with Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) needs to be checking the quality of tyres because some people are importing sub-standard tyre into the country, which endangers our lives.
“ I urge the RTEAN and NURTW to do more in this area and we can partner with both State and Local Governments to achieve it.
Mr Zabairu Tijani, representative of NUPENG, thanked the corps marshal for uniting all the stakeholders in the transport sector to work together, saying this had helped in reducing accidents and quarrels among them.
Tijani said that NUPENG had just trained 4,500 drivers to show commitment and support to what the FRSC was doing.
“Our challenge is bad road, government should always award the road contract to competent contractors to make journeys smooth for both drivers and passengers.
“We need specific parking spaces for our trailers, if government should allocate parking spaces for us, we will not pack anyhow along the road.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that stakeholders who attended the meeting were; NUPENG, NURTW, RTEAN, NARTO, SGF, Department of State Services (DSS), and representative of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to show their continuous support to FRSC. (NAN)