The Obi-of-Onitsha
The Obi-of-Onitsha

ONITSHA (ANAMBRA) – The Obi-of-Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, has urged the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to put more stringent measures to check speeding and reckless driving on roads nationwide.
Achebe made the call when he received the new FRSC Sector Commander in Anambra, Mr Sunday Ajayi, in Onitsha.
He said a driver speeding on the road was like someone heading for self-suicide.
He said when the negative happened in speeding, the devastation would be felt by loved ones, family and community members of the victims.
“I would want to commend you for the wonderful job you are doing in Anambra, especially in Onitsha and the Bridge-Head axis on daily basis.
“I would also thank you for being thoughtful to bring out the speed limiting device programme.
‘’However, I would like the FRSC to put more measures on speed control in our roads even beyond your present programme.
“I believe that we can achieve lower accident and death rate on our roads by working to make sure that recklessness that comes due to speeding is effectively checked,’’ he said.
The monarch also urged the corps to carry out medical tests and refresher driving course for commercial drivers who came for re-issuance of licenses to check their fitness level.
“Motor park unions must certify the medical and vehicle drivability of their union members; while your safety campaign messages should be mounted in the motor parks always, if possible 24 hours each day.
He called on parents to take responsibility of the vehicle usage of young adults under them by making sure that they passed through formal driving schools and issued with drivers license before they could take to the road.
The Obi-of-Onitsha assured the FRSC of the support and assistance of Onitsha Council of Chiefs and Onitsha people in the discharge of their duties.
Earlier, Ajayi said that he came to seek royal blessing as well as the co-operation of Onitsha people to road safety issues in Anambra, especially in Onitsha.
Ajayi, who gave the monarch a Highway Code booklet on behalf of FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said that the corps would always seek his fatherly advice on issues concerning road safety.