The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Command, Wednesday, partnered the State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to sensitise the public on safety driving.
According to the State Sector Commander, Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi, the partnership became necessary because most road crashes in the country were caused by human factors.
Irelewuyi, who disclosed this when the Executive of the NUJ, Anambra State Council paid a courtesy visit to his office in Awka, expressed optimism that with increased media campaign, accidents would be reduced to a berest minimum in the state.
“Most of accidents are attitudinal. A vehicle cannot pick itself up and run above 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, human factor is the main factor that causes road accident. And it is attitudinal.
“You can only change how a person behaves by meeting with person. We need the media to sensitise 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 realised 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 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, emphasised the need for the officers to sustain the tempo.
Photo: Anambra State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi (left) and the Chairman, NUJ, Anambra State Council, Dr. Odogwu Emeka Odogwu during the visit on Wednesday in Awka.
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