ABUJA – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday advised motorists and transporters against overloading to reduce the spread of Ebola virus disease.
Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen after he received officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
“If the vehicles are overloaded, the transmission of the virus can be much faster, overloading is an offence but now something – Ebola, has brought it to the front burner.
“I think it is a positive development in one way or the other and it is also assisting us to ensure that our mandate is properly executed.
“I know that passengers will further resist it – overloading,’’ Oyeyemi said.
The corps marshal also called on the union to sensitise its members on the disease to check its spread.
Alhaji Najeem Yasin, the National President of NURTW, said the union was already organising a nationwide enlightenment programme for its members on the dangers of the disease. [eap_ad_1] Yasin said that members of the union had been directed not to overload their vehicles as part of measures to check the spread of the disease.
Earlier, the president, who led the national and state executives of the union on courtesy visit to the corps marshal, congratulated him on his appointment.
Yasin described Oyeyemi’s appointment as a clear departure from the past when FRSC chief executives were appointed from outside the system, saying this would ensure stability in running the commission’s affairs.
He urged him to take measures to discourage underage driving, speeding, drunk driving, non use of seat belt, as well as use of phone while driving. (NAN)