The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commended the Federal Government for doing complete and sound palliative work on some major roads in the South-East geo-political zone.
The Zonal Commanding Officer of FRSC, Mr Samuel Obayemi, gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday.
Obayemi, who is in-charge of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, said that apart from the palliative work in a lane of the dual carriage roads; solid total re-construction work was ongoing in the other lane of same road corridors in the zone.
He noted that the Federal Government had lived up to its promises of ensuring that other lanes of Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt roads are ‘‘very usable,’’ while total re-construction work is ongoing this dry season.
‘‘The FRSC is grateful to Mr President, who is always matching his words with actions especially on issues of well-being and welfare of Nigerians irrespective of their areas in the country.
‘‘The palliative repair works on major critical road corridors in the South-East is a great testimony that the Federal Government means well for all Nigerians.
‘‘The palliative repair work done on major Enugu-Onitsha Road and Enugu-Port Harcourt Road remain an eloquent testimony that road users would have a smooth ride this season.
‘‘With the palliative work, I sincerely believe that the flow of traffic would be fast and people using this transit-route corridor will get to their destinations on time,’’ he said.
The FRSC Zonal boss said that the renewed partnership between the FRSC and the Federal Ministry of Works was yielding positive results.
‘‘Apart from the series of meetings we held earlier this year on how best to improve the condition of the roads, which had been done; we, zonal commanders of FRSC and zonal Works Controllers, have resolved to be meeting once every quarter to review the conditions of the roads.
‘‘This renewed partnership will greatly enhance the work of FRSC in its mandate of keeping the roads safe for everyone,’’ he said.
Obayemi said that the zonal command had identified 24 accident-prone spots in the four states under its jurisdiction.
He added that deployment had been made to these areas to ensure that motorists drive with reduced speed and caution in these points.
‘‘One of these spots is the Ugwu-onyeama area of Enugu-Onitsha Road, where we have a sharp bend and gully.
‘‘FRSC officers and men are already there as I am speaking to you now,’’ he said.
The zonal commander, however, urged road users to obey FRSC officials on the road as ‘‘they are on the road to protect their interest and ensure free-flow of traffic.
‘‘FRSC is doing a humanitarian job and as such we are out to ensure that all is well with people using the roads and not to intentionally add to anybody’s misery,’’ he said.