Rampant deaths on Kogi highways worry Gov.

Posted by News Express | 16 October 2015 | 2,639 times

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Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi said on Thursday that he was worried over the increasing death of travellers on the Lokoja-Abuja road and other highways in the state.

Wada who spoke at the flag-off of this year’s Ember Months Campaign of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Lokoja said the situation had become too worrisome to be ignored by stakeholders.

“In our state, it is sad to note that in 2015, January to September, 213 persons have been killed on our roads while 1,011 others sustained injuries in 224 crashes recorded on our roads.”

He said the development, infringements and gridlocks being witnessed daily in some parts of the state were giving bad image to the state.

Wada who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Hajiya Maimunat Audu, said that government would not fold its arms and allow the trend to continue.

He said that government had initiated a traffic safety project that would come into effect in the next couple of months.

The governor explained that under the initiative, motor parks and commuters would be relocated to a central motor park under construction in Felele area of Lokoja.

He also said that government would join hand with the FRSC to make motorists plying roads in the state to shun bad tendencies pre-disposing them to accidents.

The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr. Ogochukwu Ugboma, said that his men would not take it kindly with motorists having penchant or disregard for traffic rules and regulations.

He warned motorists to shun all forms of traffic anomalies, especially over-loading, over-speeding, phoning while driving and drunk-driving, among others. (NAN)

•Photo shows Gov. Wada.

Source: News Express

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