-Assures his administration is committed to the ideals of road safety
Kano State Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on tuesday flagged off the 2021 operation zero tolerance to road traffic crash campaign in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC at the ‘Yankaba central motor park,Kano.
This is contained in a statement by Hassan Musa Fagge,Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kano State on Tuesday.
Represented by his Deputy Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the Governor disclosed that following the approval given by the National Council On Education on the introduction of road safety education in the curriculum of the primary and secondary schools in the country,the State Government is committed towards introducing the road safety education in its schools.
He said that his administration is planning to construct weigh bridges in order to prevent over loading by vehicles..adding that the weigh bridges when fully operational will ensure that all vehicles entering the state are weighed so as to find out those that have over loaded.
The Governor further revealed that his administration is working towards establishing more drivers license centers in the state, so as to ensure that only qualified and licensed persons drive vehicles in an effort to prevent occurrence of crashes on the road.
On the theme of this year’s zero tolerance to road traffic crashes campaign which is “Maintain Safe Speed,Avoid night travel and enjoy quality road experience, he described it as apt and therefore urged all road users to ensure they operate within the acceptable speed limit and avoid night travels because of security concerns and poor visibility.
He also assured that his administration will ensure sustainable collaboration with the FRSC in its programmes to ensure safety and security of lives and properties of road users in the state.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC Dr.Boboye Oyeyemi said the operation zero tolerance to road traffic crash campaign which was successfully carried out early in the year at Asaba and Ilorin and now in Kano targets the mass sensitization of road users and collective agenda setting for improved road traffic and crash management during the End of year and New year season usually known for increase in volume of traffic.
He noted that the responsibility of each society is to identify the root causes of road traffic crashes in each environment and work towards eliminating them.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC however said this zero tolerance campaign in Kano State is flagged off as the Corps is simultaneously carrying out “Operation show of readiness and simulation exercises” at 16 locations across 8 states in the country, with the intention of parading the roads to show their readiness for improved traffic management in partnership with other security agencies.
Dr.Oyeyemi also mentioned that the FRSC chose Kano State for the campaign because of the laudable infrastructures executed by Governor Ganduje.
In their separate remarks, the representatives of various transport unions expressed appreciation to the Kano State Government and the Federal Road Safety Corp for organising the event…saying that the programme will sensitize the road users to abide by traffic rules and regulations.
They also called on the road users to avoid illicit drugs and ensure that their vehicles are road worthy.
The event was attended by the Commissioner of Housing & Transport Mahmud Santsi,Representative of the Emir of Kano the Dan masanin Kano Alh.Abdulkadir Maitama Sule,Director General of the Cottage Trade Agency Uba Tanko Dan Zainab,other Senior Officials of both Kano State Government and the FRSC respectively.