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Equip your vehicles with first aid kits – Lawmakers charge citizens

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ANAMBRA State House of Assembly members has urged Governor Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation and other related enforcement agencies to ensure that commercial vehicles plying the roads in the state are equipped with first aid kits.

Chief sponsor of the motion Edward Ibuzor, representing Onitsha North 1 constituency submission said, ” Section 116 (6) of the National Road Traffic Regulatory Act, 2012, provides that all motor vehicles plying any public road shall be in possession of good first aid kits for emergency situation.”

According to him, “the safety of road users is of importance to the government, and that in the event of road accidents, it is imperative to provide first aid to the victim before taking them to the hospital.

‘This all important provision of the National Road Traffic Act, 2012 is ignored, unobserved and overlooked which has resulting in avoidable death.

“This problem of disregard by both private and public vehicle owners. I am convinced that a faithful implementation of the provision of the national road traffic regulation act 2012, as related to vehicle having first aid kits would go a long way in checking fatality during accident on our roads.”

The lawmaker added that first aid kits are common and will assistant a victim before going to the hospital. It will help prevent lost of blood.

“Having a first aid is not expensive. Cheap items like bandages, plasters and paracetamol is very vital,” he stressed.

The speaker, Rita Maduagwu, Benson Nwawulu, Timothy Ifedioramma and Lawrence Ezeudu in their separate submissions added that it is a collective responsibility of everybody, noted that the motion is centered around safety.  According to them, ”life is sacred,  more enlightenment, public campaign and sensitization should be done . The commissioner for information should be involved.

“Let ndi-Anambra understand the need to be proactive. We have laws that can transform this state. This is a necessity because a stitch in time saves nine.”

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