April 6, 2017

Senate to probe FRSC planned speed limit policy

Senate to probe FRSC planned speed limit policy

*** Says it will further impoverish Nigerians
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- THE Senate has begun prove in the Speed Limiting Device initiative being introduced by the Federal Road Safety Corps,FRSC, saying that of implemented, it would further traumatized the suffering Nigerians that were already going through the present economic hardship.

The Senate Thursday mandated the Senator Tijani Kaura, All Progressives Congress, APC, Zamfara North led Committee on Federal Character to as a matter of urgency, carry out a holistic investigation of plans by the FRSC to introduce the speed limit policy and sell the same device to road users.

The resolution of the Senate was sequel to a point of Order raised by Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West, just as he asked the Senate to stop the policy which he said was bound to unleash more hardship on the people.

Senator Melaye said, “I draw inspiration from order 43, Mr President I bring to the notice of the Nigerian senate, the house of the talakawas that the road safety is proposing and about to implement a policy that will not go down well with the masses of this country.

“There is a proposal by the road safety to introduce speed limit device and this device is to be sold to individuals by road safety and if you have two cars, you will buy two devices – a speed limit device.

“Mr. President my respected colleagues, this is not the time to bring hardship on the already traumatised people of this country, in every civilised part of the world, it is the responsibility of road safety or agencies like theirs to mount speed limit device on roads that when you beat such device, they either flag you down or go after you.

“But not to ask individuals to purchase speed limit device from road safety and this is not a time to do it. So in accordance to the calling to protect the masses of this country, I want to call on Mr. President so that the relevant committee that oversight the road safety to intervene and stop this draconian move.”

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki who referred the matter to its committee on Federal Character for further legislative action, with no date fixed, “The committee will look into this matter and bring a report back to us.”