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Motorists, okada riders urged to observe road signs to minimise road accidents

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THE need for motorists, okada riders and the general public to be law abiding to observe road signs to minimise accidents has been stressed.

The Assistant Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission, Igbo-Ukwu Unit, Francis Eban, made this remark while addressing the congregation at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Igbo Ukwu, Aguata L.G.A recently.

He said that their colleagues had just ended their Anambra State Safety programme recently at Awka and Igbo-Ukwu, respectively, aimed at sensitising the public on the need for them to be law abiding and observe road signs to minimise accidents.

He further urged the public to always check their vehicles for road worthiness before plying the roads.

Eban also advised okada riders to always use clash helmets to save lives because it has no duplicate.

He regretted that two people who were in a motorcycle died recently in an accident along Igbo-Ukwu-Ezinifite Road and another occurred along Igbo-Ukwu-Ora-Eri Road.

He disclosed that since he assumed duties at Igbo-Ukwu  unit office, he had recorded many accidents and attributed their causes to reckless driving by motorists.

Eban warned that he will use very stringent measures to deal with reckless drivers because Nigerians need iron hands.

He said their staff were prepared to assist them to obtain their vehicle particulars, adding that they cover areas like Aguata, Anaocha, Orumba North and South Local Government Areas and are ready to go to those places to educate the public about the need to be safety conscious.

Earlier in his sermon during a thanksgiving mass, the vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Igbo-Ukwu, Rev. Father Cornelius Okoye, urged the congregation to always have courage and trust in God in times of difficulties.

He reminded the congregation that God is always ready to save them from all circumstances but urged all to be steadfast in prayers and anchor on Jesus Christ.

In a related development, the administrative secretary, Anglican Bishop’s Court, Nnewi, Dr Godwin Agba, has advised motorists, especially commercial vehicle drivers to maintain decent driving culture that will be devoid of overspeeding, careless overtaking, overload and plying of ill maintained vehicles, all aimed and grabbing quick money for Christmas celebration and new year.

Dr. Agba, was speaking on the things that attract road mishap and unloyal services most people get into during Xmas and New year periods.

Agba, who has been a clergy marshall for over six years, urged those who involve themselves in cheating and vendetta, including commercial drivers that speed-up to make many trips in the name of Christmas to know that the yuletide is meant for the living.

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