By David Adeoye, Ibadan.
Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin, the Commissioner for Works and Transport in Oyo State, has counselled drivers to drive with caution to ensure optimum safety on the roads during the coming festive season.
Sangodoyin made the plea at a lecture organised for Park Managers by the State Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) on the need for safe road use.
The lecture on “Zero Tolerance to Accidents on Our Roads”, which was given at the Bus Terminal in Ojoo, also witnessed the commencement of “VIS Safety Campaign Week”.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Coordinating Director and Director, Administration and Supplies of the Ministry, sensitised the park managers to issues such as vehicle loading, traffic signs, road safety, emergencies and accidents.
Sangodoyin, who frowned at the way motorists treated the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) while discharging their duties, warned that errant motorists would henceforth be dealt with.
He, therefore, appealed to road users to record zero-level road crashes in 2022.
Also, the State Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola, advised drivers to avoid transportation of contraband goods, which might lead to their apprehension and prosecution by law enforcement agencies.
Agboola, who was represented by Dr Lanre Abass, Executive Secretary, Oyo State Agency for Control of AIDS (SACA), admonished commercial drivers to drive with care, follow traffic rules and regulations.
She said that this would promote accident-free roads across the state.
While delivering lecture at the event, Prof. Adekunle Adebiyi, Rector, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, stressed that adherence to traffic laws and regulations was the only way to attain “Zero Tolerance to Accidents on Our Roads”.
Adebiyi said that commuters also had vital roles to play by encouraging the drivers and riders to do the right thing, adding that there must be adequate check of every part of the vehicle before embarking on a journey.
He implored the state government to come up with policies and public awareness programmes that would reduce accidents, before enforcing such policies.
The Director, Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS), James Ajayi, said that the programme would ensure safety, orderliness and accident-free rides on the roads, particularly during the “ember months”.
Mr Okanlawon Bamigboye, the Commandant, Road Accident Information and Rescue Organisation of Nigeria; representative of the Commissioner of Police, ACP Alalade Adio; the Controller, Correctional Service, Mr Samson Awojuyigbe; the State Commander National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ajanaku Toyin, made some comments at the event.
Besides, the Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr Koleoso Michael, the Chairman, Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority, Mr Olalere Olaniyi and the Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Park Managers, Emiola Jelili also spoke.
They all implored the drivers to adhere strictly to all admonitions offered and lecture they received on road safety.
They also advised the drivers to refrain from drinking or using telephones while driving.