…Call for quick action
BY OBUTE JAMES
Senator Suleiman Abdul Kwari representing Kaduna North Senatorial District and Dr. Abbas Tajudeen representing Zaria Federal Constituency of Kaduna State have expressed worry over the increasing accident and death of people along Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Express Road due to the ongoing reconstruction of the road.
Presenting a motion tilled “Need to address the increasing rate of traffic accidents along Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road” Senator Kwari told his colleagues at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday that the several diversions on the road as the result of its reconstruction often lead to gridlock, accident and loss of lives and properties.
He said many travellers on the road suffer untold hardship and exposed to numerous risks due to blockade and several diversions.
According to him, despite the number of recurring accidents and untold hardship by motorists, the Federal Road Safety Commission, Kaduna Sector Command has only a small emergency unit in Birnin Yero to attend to accident victims with only one ambulance while the contractor handling the project has no safety engineers to take measures that that will protect motorists and other road users.
He attributed major causes of accidents on the country’s roads as over speeding, dangerous overtaking, over lading, reckless driving, disregard for traffic rules among others.
The Senate Plenary Session presided over by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan on adopted all the prayers of Kwari and additional prayers by his colleagues.
Parts of the payers include urging the Federal Ministry of Health to establish emergency medical unit (Trauma centres ) on the road; urge the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Power to direct the contractor reconstructing the road to expedite action in order to finish the contact on time.
Similarly, Hon Abbas Tajudeen in an interview with this medium called on the FRSC to collaborate with other stakeholders in the road transport industry in order to seriously give traffic education to the road road users as well as userssensitize the people on the ongoing reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road.
According to Tajudeen, joint effort of FRSC with other security organization in sensitizing the road users will help minimize the accident on the road.
He said even the different unions in the road transport sector need to advise their members (drivers) to strictly obey the traffic rules and regulations.
“Drivers need to be patience while driving; avoid wrong overtaking, reckless driving and above all obey all the traffic rules and regulations,” Tajudeen said.
He also called on FRSC and the contractor handling the project to put enough road signs on the roads. He said lack of enough road signss is one the reasons for accident on the high ways in Nigeria.
Tajudeen said.one of the main reasons of establishing FRSC is to give traffic education before issuance of drivers license but he is worried that many people over the years obtained it without the required traffic education given room to all sorts of terrible accident on the the roads.
It will be recalled that the federal government through the Ministry of Works, Housing and Power in June 2018 launched the reconstruction of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road with 36 months completion period.
Since then, due to numerous road diversion, accidents on the road have been on the increase. On June 10, 2019, four police cadets who were in their 400 level at the Police Cadet Academy, Wudil-Kano and a Professor of Pediatrics with Ahmedu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria lost their lives as a result of accident on that road.
Similarly, this writer, Obute was among the lucky survivors of the accident that occurred on May 30, 2019 involving about 8 vehicles. The accident was caused by a J5 Peugeot driver who was overtaking a fuel tanker on a hill while it was raining in one of the diversions along Kaduna-Zaria Road