House of Representatives has urged the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) to be proactive in managing the use of roads by heavy duty vehicles as well as performing the functions of a professional road safety organization.
This resolution followed a motion entitled “need to address the menace of container – carrying trailers on Nigerian roads” sponsored by Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
Raising the motion on the floor of the House, the law maker noted that the safety of lives and properties of Nigeria has been a matter of discourse following numerous accidents around the country involving trailers conveying containers. “A recent accident where a container laden trailer skidded off the Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos and landed on two vehicles, killing more than 10 persons instantly.
It triggered multiple accidents with fleeing motorists and commuters sustaining varying degrees of injuries, “she said. According to her, the ongoing operation code named “operation scorpion” which aims at arresting trailers with un latched containers has not yielded desired results for commuters.
Also, House of Representatives urged the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration to expand major roads in the city to easy incessant gridlock often experienced by residents and visitors.
The resolution was sequel to a motion entitled “urgent need for expansion and reopening of roads in the Federal Capital Territory to ease the incessant gridlock and hardship to residents”, sponsored Hon. Ahmed Yarima. The House, which called for the re-opening of roads within the metropolis that were closed to insurgency also demanded for the completion of Waru, Wusa, Karishi road to give alternative route to the city.
Moving the motion on the floor, Yerima noted that difficulties faced by residents of the city were further compounded by the closure of some of the roads because of the fight against insurgency. Yerima said that the continued closure of the roads was a distortion of the Abuja master plan and compounded the traffic situation within the city. “Because those closed roads are major arteries in the traffic circulation system”.
-Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja