SECTOR Commander of the Anambra Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, CC Adeoye Irelewuyi says available records show that more people have died in road traffic crashes in the first quarter of 2022.
Irelewuyi, who stated this during a press conference in his office in Awka, at the weekend, noted that although there have been 40% reductions in road traffic crashes between January and June, this year, when compared to last year, he was worried that fatality rate has increased drastically.
He said it was a very sad situation because if road traffic crashes were reducing and fatalities were increasing, the implication therefore is that the fewer number of RTCs that occurred claimed more lives.
This, according to him, was the remote reason they are working to ensure that speed, which is a major factor in the circumstance is reduced reasonably.
He was of the opinion that impatience was another problematic issue amongst road users in the state especially within Awka and Onitsha metropolis, even as he pointed out that they have been engaging drivers to make them see the need to have a change of attitude.
Irelewuyi also informed that during the last visit of the Minister for Works to Anambra State, the Supervising Engineer handling the 2nd Niger Bridge project assured Nigerians that the bridge would be ready for public use before December this year;that when the bridge is eventually completed, it would reduce travel time and also reduce over speeding.
Although he said they have gotten approval to establish outposts within Onitsha metropolis to help offset traffic situations when the 2nd Niger Bridge is open for public use, Irelewuyi however, stated that the second half of the year would be positively rewarding for road users in the State.
He said driving in special circumstances like the rainy season calls for extra caution as the FRSC emphasised that motorists should ensure that their vehicles are in order especially their wipers, tyres, lights, breaks and others to avoid crashes.
Meanwhile, the state FRSC boss commended Governor Soludo’s timely response to the bad portions of Amansea Junction of the Onitsha-Enugu federal highway in Awka, saying that the rehabilitation will not only help road users but will also reduce stress for traffic managers.
The sector commander recalled that sometime last year, there was a serious issue on that part of the road that led to traffic being held up there for over 24 hours. But he heaved a sigh of relief that with the ongoing rehabilitation works therein, there was absolutely no cause for alarm anymore because he believes motorists would enjoy smooth rides this raining season driving through Amansea Junction in Awka.
He said the governor had taken a very positive step and believes too that the governor will extend the palliatives to other bad portions on the federal highway within the State, even as he stated that they conduct quarterly road audit and submit reports to the relevant government agencies for interventions.