Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 4 October 2017 | 1,709 times
The Senate has directed the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, under Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to remove all speed bumps indiscriminately erected on federal highways and to standardise and regulate speed bumps nationwide.
The Senate took this decision following a motion on the urgent need to control the indiscriminate erection of speed bumps on federal highways, sponsored by Senators Barnabas Gemade and Stella Oduah, during plenary session on Tuesday.
Gemade, who lead the debate on the motion, noted that these speed bumps now constitute nuisance as opposed to serving any useful purpose.
The lawmaker observed that bumps were indiscriminately erected in several communities, villages, hamlets, petrol filling stations, markets and even individual homes. Lawmakers who contribute to the motion cautioned on the need to put in place adequate speed limit mechanism to avoid unnecessary accidents being caused by over speeding motorists.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, who also stressed the need for appropriate measures to check excessive speeding on federal highways before removing speed bumps to avoid wanton waste of lives by overspending motorists, expressed worries on the dangers inherent in removing the speed bumps without recourse to adequate regulation of speed by relevant authorities.
He emphasised the need to first put a balance between the convenience of motorists and the lives of citizens on the highways by entrenching the culture of safe driving in and across the country.
Though, the motion was approved by the Senate, there was a consensus on the need for adequate measure that will check excessive speeding to protect lives of citizens on the highways.
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