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Christmas: In Awka FRSC sets up operation at Immigration Junction, others to check accidents 

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 Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will comb Immigration Junction, Aroma Junction, Amawbia Bypass in Awka and other junctions in the state regarded as notable flas hpoints for road traffic crashes, to reduce accidents. 

Sector Commander of the corps in Anambra State, CC AdeoyeIrelewuyi, who disclosed this to our correspondent in his office at the command headquarters in Awka, said the command will not only man Immigration Junction,Awka, very well to avoid traffic jams and reduce crashes. It will also extend it to other junctions that always cause traffic congestions. 

Irelewuyi opined that the major causes of crashes at the popular Immigration Junction in Awka, were over speeding and break failures. He said motorists descending towards Immigration Junction should begin to slow down from the top of the hill because of the weight of the vehicle and the cargo it is carrying. 

He said the whole stretch from Aroma junction to Immigration Junction should not be a racehorse between vehicles instead he believes that every heavy-duty vehicle should apply caution in the said axis and that the major thing needed at the Immigration JAunction,Awka, was for drivers to be cautious and also put their vehicles in good working condition. 

The state FRSC boss noted that it was not the junction that is the problem but the attitude of road users. He said the FRSC has been able to maintain the corps 2022 corporate goal of reducing RTCs by 15% and also reducing fatalities by 20% in AnambraState, adding that they would increase visibility, enforcement and public enlightenment to ensure that the corporate goal of the corps is achieved in the state. 

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Irelewuyi told our correspondent that the FRSC was seriously mounting pressures on relevant agencies like the Federal Ministry of Works and equally engaging sister agencies in areas of synergy and collaboration in traffic controls and monitoring of road users at this period of the year. 

He also said that the Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra State was happy with the steps the Executive Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo is taking in the areas of road repairs and road rehabilitations across the state. 

The sector commander stated that the FRSC is leveraging on the road rehabilitation efforts of Governor Soludo to ensure that special marshals and regular marshals are deployed for traffic control at critical areas like Onitsha, Ihiala, Oye-Agu Junction,Abagana; that the FRSC is mapping out strategies to ensure men are deployed for traffic control along the aforesaid areas. 

” We look forward to a congestion-free traffic this year in Anambra State. The road condition is being addressed by the governor. We understand too that the Onitsha-Enugu federal highway has been awarded to a contractor. We are appealing to the Federal Ministry of Works to ensure that the rehabilitation work is commenced from Awka so that we can have free flow of traffic. ” 

The Sector Commander also noted that the command had commenced public enlightenment campaigns in September this year; engaging in regular motorparks rallies, advocacy visits and others to sensitise the motoring public on the dangers of speed violations. 

He said overspeeding has been a singular factor responsible for more than 50% of road traffic crashes in Anambra State. Irelewuyi however admonished the motoring public in Anambra not to drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs this festive season. 

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The sector commander also disclosed that the FRSC is coming up with new innovations to tackle traffic offences. He said the FRSC will introduce what he mentioned as electronic tablets where bookings are done electronically and synchronised nationally. He pointed out also that in addition to the E-tablets, body cameras will also be worn by FRSC officials on duty and monitored from the national headquarters, Abuja. 

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