Â Awkaâ€”The Anambra Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has been mandated to reduce increasing road accident rate in the state by 50 percent.
The stateâ€™s sector Commander of the Commission, Mr Ayobami Omiyale, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Awka, at the weekend. Omiyale noted with concern that the rate of road carnages in the state was on the increase.
â€œWe have a mandate to reduce the 199 deaths recorded in road accidents in the state in 2009 by 50 per cent this year,â€™â€™ he said.
â€œYou would have observed that rather than reducing, we are already having an increase of seven percent crashes with the death of 58 persons in the first quarter of this year, when compared with the first quarter of 2009, whenÂ we had 54 deaths on the roads.â€
The responsibility, according to him, “is now on the FRSC to work harder and redouble our efforts at stopping people from killing themselves on the roads. We have only failed to achieve our target in the first quarter”.
â€œGod being on our side and with the change of attitude on the part of motorists, we might achieve our overall target even if it is not up to the envisioned 50 percent,” he said.