[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
Abia Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, has assured that the Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration would not waver in its collaboration with the state Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure that road crashes are eradicated or curbed to the barest minimum.
Sir Oko Chukwu gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Abia State Command of FRSC led by the Sector Commander, Corps Commander Paul Ugwu, at Government House, Umuahia.
The Deputy Governor noted that FRSC’s role of safe guarding the lives of motorists and passengers in the State was very important.
He disclosed that the present administration has already addressed the teething problem of road blockades around Abia Tower along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, by directing that vehicles be prevented from parking around the area.
He said this was in addition to stationing ambulances at strategic points of the expressway and directing the Ministry of Transport to, in liaison with FRSC ensure that trailers and articulated trucks must park at designated parks to prevent accidents.
He added that government has equally streamlined the operations of commercial tricycle operators plying Umuahia and Aba were registered in order to ascertain the numbers of tricycles and their owners operating in the state.
Sir Oko Chukwu welcomed the new State Commander of FRSC, expressing optimism that the state would be safer with him at the helm of affairs in the state.
Earlier, the Abia Sector Commander, Corps Commander Paul Ugwu, had said that they came to appreciate the Deputy Governor for his friendly disposition towards the Abia Sector of FRSC.
He requested for the inauguration of the State Road Advisory Council for better performance, adding that about 2,088 Driver’s Licenses were ready for collection from their owners.
Ugwu called for collective efforts from Abia citizens towards ensuring safety on the roads and urged the state government to address the issue of Trailers blocking and defacing the aesthetic beauty of the Abia Tower, and also requested for operational vehicles and other logistics for the State Command.
Deputy Chief of Staff Office of the Deputy Governor, Sir Don Ubani, the State Head of Service, Sir Onyii Wamah, body of Permanent Secretaries and top government officials were present during the visit.