The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday called on road users to shun impatience while driving, to prevent unnecessary human and material losses during the 2020 “Ember” months in Lagos.
The Sector Commander of FRSC in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that the command was determined to improve on safety advocacy and enforcement during the period.
Ogungbemide urged transport unions and other stakeholders to support the corps in its efforts to reduce carnage on highways, saying the FRSC could not do it alone.
“The schools, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), transport unions, special and regular marshals are going to work together in these “ember “months and I am sure it is going to be better.
“The transport unions should always encourage their members not to go against the law.
“We want to use this opportunity to tell them that rather than see us as enemies, they should join hands with us in sustaining safety and improving driving culture on our roads, “the FRSC boss said.
He said that the command was still expecting the mode of operations for “Ember” Months from its head office in Abuja.
“Though, we don’t believe any month is different from the other, it is the way road users use the road that differs during the ember months; we will sustain and build on what we have been doing since January so that it would be a smooth ride for us.
“We know the agitation and anticipation of the motoring public are going to be increased during these months.
“Some people will feel what they could not achieve in the last eight months, they can achieve them in the next four months.
“These are things that bring about unnecessary impatience that lead to crashes on our roads. So, what we would do is a lot of advocacy; we also will sustain our level of enforcement and improve on it.”
The FRSC boss urged transport unions to ensure their members and commuters travel safely, rather than concentrate on dues collection.