*** There are 176 speed bumps from Jigawa to Kano, Senator
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – THE Senate Tuesday directed the Federal Government to ask the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to as a matter of urgency,remove all the speed bumps indiscriminately elected off the federal highways nationwide.
The Senate has also urged the government to put measures in place that would regulate and standardize the erection of speed bumps, just as it asked the Federal government to enforce inclusion of road signages as part of road construction.
The upper chamber had also asked the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to cause owners of petrol filling stations to build a service lane of not less than 50m on both sides of the stations to avoid customers turning directly to and from the Highways.
The resolutions of the Senate were sequel to a motion jointly sponsored by Senators Barnabas Gemade, APC, Benue North East and Stella Uduah, PDP, Anambra North and entitled, “Urgent need to control the indiscriminate erection of speed bumps on Federal Roads Nationwide.”
While urging the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to enforce set back regulations for fixed structures along Highways, the Senate also asked the Planning Authority regulations for motor parks, markets and places of worship.
In presenting the motion, Senator Gemade said, ” The Senate: Notes with dismay the thousands of speed bumps recently erected on almost all Federal high ways nationwide ostensibly to control speed of motor vehicles plying the roads;
“Observes that these bumps are indiscriminately erected in several communities, villages, hamlets, petrol filling stations, markets, road side bukas and even individual homes by who ever wanted vehicles to agonize their locations;
“Aware that there is need for speed control on our high ways to avoid over speeding by motorists eSpecially around hospitals and schools, interestingly the FRSC has introduced a speed control device to be installed in commercial vehicles which took effect two months ago;
“Believes that Federal highways are meant for smooth traffic flow and there should be no constraints restricting the free flow of traffic;
“Aware that these speed bumps now constitute a nuisance source other than serve any useful purpose whatsoever;
“Some of the hazards to vehicle owners are accelerated wear and tear of the vehicles, loss of many hours in billions when quantified nationwide, damage to vehicle suspension systems as most of these bumps are not professionally designed;
“Aware that bumps are used strictly on city streets to control crossing intersections without slowing down and not on free traffic high ways that are not crossing any other roads, while roads that cross Federal highways should have the bumps and not the highway itself;
“Recalls that even in the city of Abuja when these bumps were indiscriminately applied on city streets there was an outcry and they were removed and approved only at very necessary points;
“Observes that the Department of Highways in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is not controlling the development of structures along Federal Highways allowing illegal fixed structures to be erected less than the prescribed 45m off the roads (in some villages, shops and even houses are erected less than 2 metres from the roads);
“Observes also that planning authority in the States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are not enforcing these regulations governing location of filling stations, markets and places of worship resulting in total closure of the highways when these places are in use.”
Earlier in his contribution, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who called for caution in agreeing with the prayers as contained in the motion, said that as a person, he was worried in the danger that would be associated with the removal of bumps Agassi the backdrop of the reckless nature of some drivers.
According to him, the problem of people disobeying the law of the land exists, but he was quick to stress that there was the need to put in place stringent law ti guide against those who break the laws, just as he warned that the Senate should find a way of balancing the confidence of drivers and protection of lives if the bumps must be removed, adding at if not done, a situation of harvest of death would take place.
Also in his contribution, Senator Muhammed Shitu, APC, Jigawa North East who tried to add to the prayer that it should include the state and not only the federal government, said that his point became imperative because from Jigawa to Kano, there are 176 speed bumps.