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FRSC partners Anambra NUJ to sensitise public on safety driving, others

By Ukpa Ewa | March 2, 2022

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Command has partnered the State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to sensitise the public on safety driving.

Speaking in Akwa during a courtesy visit by the Executive Council Members of Nigerian Union of Journalists to his office, the State Sector Commander, Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi said the partnership became necessary as most road crashes in the country were caused by human factors.

Irelewuyi expressed optimism that with an increased media campaign, accidents would be reduced to the barest minimum in the state.

"Most of the accidents are attitudinal. A vehicle cannot pick itself up and run above the speed limit. Someone must do that. A vehicle cannot overload itself. Someone has to overload it. A vehicle cannot on its own illegally overtake another if no one is driving it. So, the human factor is the main factor that causes road accidents. And it is attitudinal". 

"You can only change how a person behaves by meeting with the person. We need the media to sensitize the public on that. We need the media to get maximum reach to people through radio, television, newspapers, social media, and others. You are our key stakeholders. We have realized that our works as safety managers on highways cannot be done without cooperation," he stated. 

He further tasked the NUJ on effective utilisation of its Special Marshall unit to educate the public, and control the traffic, even as he assured that the command was ready to support the Union on its planned safety week celebrations, among other things.

Earlier, the Chairman, NUJ, Anambra State Council, Dr. Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, said the visit was aimed at strengthening the relationship existing between the media and the FRSC officers, as well as to establish a partnership with the command in the Union's planned safety week and other sundry events.

Odogwu, who also commended the Sector Commander and his team for being corrupt-free while discharging their duties, emphasized the need for the officers to sustain the tempo.