From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Zonal Commanding Officer Zone RS4 Headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in charge of Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, Assistant Corps Marshal, Ayobami Omiyale, on Monday said the zone has recorded 186 deaths of Road Traffic Casualty in the first 24 weeks of 2019.
He said that was higher than the 157 recorded in the same period in 2018.
Omiyale made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau Council, in Jos, the State Capital.
According to him, “the most probable cause of the accidents are, loss of control, dangerous driving/overtaking, among others.
The Zonal Commanding Officer listed the accident prone routes in the zone to include; Jos-Hawan Kibo, Pankshin-Mangu routes, all in Plateau State.
Another is the Makurdi-Lafia and Gboko-Makurdi routes in Benue State.
While the others are Keffi-Barde, Akwanga-Lafia and Garaku-Akwanga routes in Nasarawa State.
On the issuance of National Drivers’ Licence, the FRSC boss said, ” Inspite of the Corps efforts in the production of the National Drivers’ Licence in sanitizing the highways, the Zone as at week 25 of 2019 had a total of 6, 102 unclaimed Licences; Plateau (1, 368), Benue (2, 404) and Nasarawa (2, 330)”.
He however said the zone will commence the enforcement of Motorcycle/Tricycles number plates and riders’ Licences on 1st August, 2019.
Meantime the FRSC boss sues for collaboration with the media, adding that doing so will help in enlightening motorists and the citizenry about the activities of the Corps and will help safe lives when the aforementioned are aware.
Responding, Chairman of NUJ in the State, Comrade Paul, thanked him for the visit and assured the Corps of maximum collaboration.