From Raji Bello, Sokoto
The Federal Road Safety Corps has been asked to address issues of overloading of vehicles and extortion on the highways.
The Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Muhammed Iliyasu Bashar gave the charge while receiving FRSC Commander in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, ACM Kayode Olagunju, PhD, mni, in his palace.
The traditional ruler observed that people no longer place high values on sanctity of lives and that is why they allowed themselves to be overloaded in vehicles and packed with animals.
Bashar who is also the chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs said passengers were being transported in vehicle trunks and atop of unstable loads on vehicles which according to him, had led to many deaths and injuries.
He noted the efforts of the FRSC but that the Corps should do more to tackle the issue promising further collaboration of the Emirate Council in public enlightenment.
He called on the Corps to raise its enforcement and prosecution of violators and that the Emirate Council would always lend its support.
The royal father also called on the Corps and other security agencies to identify the bad eggs extorting motorists in the system and flush them out.
He would want the positive image of the Corps protected by continually sanitizing the system. He also admonished all security agencies to ensure only fit and people of good characters are recruited.
Bashar also noted that the ban on motorcycle operations in Lagos has led to the influx of many of the operators into the state and many of the motorcycles are not registered.
He enjoined the FRSC to ensure proper registration of the bikes and licensing of the riders for safety and security reasons.
Earlier, ACM Kayode Olagunju appreciated the support of the Emir and traditional institutions in Kebbi state.
He also thanked the Emir for always keying into the programmes of the Corps aimed at reducing fatalities and injuries on the highways.
He craved for further collaboration in addressing overloading in the state while briefing the Emirate Council on FRSC efforts.
He also informed that vehicles including motorcycles with old number plates as well as those not properly registered were being impounded.
Dr Olagunju also told the royal father the focus of the FRSC management to ensure discipline of his personnel promising that the Corps would not relent in its goal of ensuring compliance with traffic laws for improved road safety records in the Zone.
The ZCO was accompanied to the palace by the Kebbi State Sector Commander Corps Commander Ebenezer Asaniyan, and other senior officers from the Command.