From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
The Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Plateau State, Mr Alphonsus Godwin, has said it has perfected arrangements for an accident free Eld-al-Fitr celebration in the state.
The Corps Commander who spoke through the Sector Command Route Commander and Public Education Officer, Mr Andrew Bala, said the command has deployed 766 Marshal to man and monitor reckless driving, and arrest defaulters.
Contained in a press statement issued in Jos, the Plateau state capital on Tuesday by Mr Bala, Mr Godwin said the aim is to ensure a road crash free Sallah celebration in and around Plateau State.
It warned that defaulters whose vehicles are not road worthy could have their vehicles impounded by the commission during the operation.
“For effective patrolling during the Eld-al-Fitr Special Patrol Operations in the State, the Sector Commander, Corps Commander Alphonsus Godwin has deployed 766 regular Marshals and 689 Special Marshals to arrest serious road traffic challenges, such as road traffic crashes, gridlock, obstructions, insecurity etc within the nook and cranny in the State,” read the statement.
He admonished road users to be vigilant and avoid infringement, because the command will be on the look out for enforcement.
The statement warned drivers to strictly observe the following rules:
“Dangerous driving/overtaking, lane indiscipline/route violation, road obstructions, use of phone while driving, seatbelt/child restraint use violations, passengers’ manifest violation, mechanical deficient vehicles, latching and twist-locks violation, impoundment of rickety vehicles, illegal use of spy number plates and COVID-19 protocols enforcement.”
According to the press release, the special patrol team shall commence its operation Wednesday till next week Monday.
Eld-al-Fitr is celebrated among Muslims, a day after Islam worshipers conclude 30 days of Ramadan fast; already federal government of Nigeria has declared a two day break for Wednesday and Thursday to mark the festival.