The Christmas may have come and gone but the yuletide season is still on. Many Nigerians are still traveling across the country to celebrate the New Year. Already the mad rush to do last minute shopping and of course conclude traveling arrangement is taking its toll on Nigerians. Just on Christmas day a trailer fell on 18-passenger commuter bus killing six instantly in front of Eleganza Plaza at Suru Bus-stop along Mile 2-Orile Iganmu road.
Needless saying that this rush often times lead to ghastly accidents as people are always impatient especially on the roads. Most roads users fail to remember that they are not the only ones using the roads hence they need to take precautionary measures to avert accidents and other dangers on the highways.
They also forget that at times like this many people are carried away by the festive period to engage in activities that endanger the lives of millions like drinking while driving. It is on this premise that we call on the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) to be up and doing in this festive period. The men of the FRSC have really proven that they are on top of their game when they went into action on instruction of their Corp Marshal Fred Chidoka after the reckless driving of one of the drivers in the convoy of the Kogi State governor led to the death of former ASUU President Prof. Fetus Iyayi.
The action of FRSC has brought high level of sanity on our highways but a lot needs to be done in this yuletide season. For the FRSC to prove that it is really doing enough to maintain accident free roads, perhaps the major proof will be for Nigeria to experience an accident-free yuletide. In Lagos for instance men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority are complimenting the efforts of FRSC but the same cannot be said of other states across the federation.
We therefore employ the FRSC to be proactive in most of these states where the roads will be busier at this period of the year. There is no gainsaying that roads from Lagos to the South East will be one of the busiest at this point hence attention must be focused on this highway to prevent accidents. Of course it is on record that this road has sent thousands to early grave as a result of reckless driving which leads to costly mistakes. Last April a tanker collided with a luxurious bus and the entire 82 passengers on board were burnt beyond recognition following the explosion from the tanker filled with fuel.
There is no doubting the fact that the FRSC is equal to the task of bringing sanity on our roads this season. However it is also instructive to warn road users to comply by laid down rules but most importantly they must obey and respect the law enforcement agencies that are doing their jobs to ensure accident-free yuletide. Needless saying that the festive period will be most meaningful when lives are safe from road accidents!