By Austin Ogwuda
BENINâ€”WORRIED by the incessant road accidents in the nationâ€™s high ways, the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, has urged the Federal Ministry of Works, to erect road signs which usually serve as a guard to motorists on highways.
The revered monarch, who gave the advice when he played host to the new sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), regretted that the absence of these road signs had caused several deaths on the highways and stressed that accidents would be drastically reduced if these signs are erected.
The monarch ,who also expressed worries on the shortage of number plates for vehicles, commended the FRSC for their efforts in saving the lives of accidents victims on the highways, advising however that â€œyou people should also be careful while stopping vehicles on road junctions because some times it causes accidents on its ownâ€.
He urged officials of the Commission to redouble their efforts, particularly now that the ember months are approaching, adding that â€œyou should also use the popular pidgin English enlightenment programme for motorists which I sponsored in our state owned television station because that will compliment the effort of the Commissionâ€.
Speaking earlier, the sector Commander, Mr. Henry Olatunji, disclosed that he came to thank the Oba for his support to the Commission in the zone and appealed, however, to the Oba to call the vigilante group at Okada area to order, saying that their acitivities have become a threat to the smooth traffic flow in that portion of the Ore-Benin express road.
He said the Command was also worried over the none compliance of the use of crash helmets by most commercial motor cycle operators and warned that the commission would deal decisively with any body caught flouting the rules.
He explained to the Oba that number plates are some times delayed because they are printed on request, adding that the issue of road signs raised by the monarch was germane and said the Commission would do its best to ensure that they are erected.