Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has appealed to all road users to adopt driving consciousness as prescribed by the Federal Road Safety Commission.
Bello was speaking at the 2021 ember months campaign at Abdulsalam motor park.
He was represented by Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government.
He said that maintaining the highest standard of road safety at all times would bring to an end senseless killings of innocent souls in road crashes.
The theme of the campaign was: “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night travels and Enjoy Quality Road Experience”.
The governor said that the negative attitude of some Nigerian road users in observing safety was worrisome and called for attitudinal change in order to achieve enjoyable motoring on the roads.
He said:” the next time you are behind the wheels be safety conscious. Always have the right attitude, do not speed, do not overtake wrongly and do not drink alcohol among others”.
He reiterated his administration’s unalloyed support to the corps in ensuring safety on the state roads at all times.
Mr Musa Mohammed, the state Sector Commander,FRSC,said that a total of 339 road traffic crashes were recorded from January to August in different parts of the state.
“241 were killed,1,160 were injured and 2,097 people were involved,”Mohammed said.
He blamed the accident on fatigue and loss of control.
He advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits to avoid crashes.
The road safety boss said that the corps would continue to monitor road users to guard against dangerous driving.
He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines so as to avoid preventable road mishaps on the highways.