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State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Matthew Olonisaye

New FRSC Commander for Akwa Ibom takes over; Seeks cooperation; Warns against drunk driving

State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Matthew Olonisaye
The State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Matthew Olonisaye and other FRSC officials with the leadership and staff of Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) park in Uyo during the commemoration of the 2021 West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) today, Saturday.

Mr Matthew Olonisaye, has assumed duty as the 20th Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Akwa Ibom Command and appealed for the cooperation of the media to promote its activities.

Olonisaye made the appeal in his office in Uyo last Wednesday, while taking over from the outgoing Sector Commander Mr Oga Ochi, who has been redeployed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command.

In another development, the Akwa Ibom Command of the FRSC has resounded a note of warning to motorists to desist from drunk behaviour while plying the highway to avoid road accidents.

The new State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Olonisaye gave the warning while commemorating the 2021 West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) at Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) park in Uyo on Saturday.

Olonisaye was a former deputy corps commander in charge of motor vehicle administration, Osogbo in Osun.

At the handover ceremony, the new sector commander had urged the media to continue in the enlightenment campaigns to inculcate safety habits on road users to be safety conscious.

He had solicited the cooperation of all motorists and road users in the state to keep the roads free from crashes and promised to continue with the special patrol programmes of the immediate past commander in ensuring safety on the road.

He had also commended Gov Udom Emmanuel and the State Government for the support accorded the sector command, promising to work with all the stakeholders to maintain safety.

At the commemoration of the 2021 West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) at Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) park in Uyo on Saturday, Olonisaye, who lamented that though some of the road crashes were as a result of human errors like carelessness and impatience on the part of motorists, stressed that major crashes result from drunk driving behaviour.

“Road users should add value to their lives. Life does not have duplicate and therefore every individual should ensure that they drive carefully and shun the act of taking alcohol before driving.

“We are encouraging all road users that they should not truncate their journey on the way by human error.

He expressed happiness with the UN’s adoption of resolution 74/229 which would improve global road safety between 2021 and 2030, adding that at least 50 percent of road traffic deaths and injuries would be reduced by 2030.

Speaking on the theme: Road Safety Consciousness in the Midst of Global Pandemic, Olonisaye also urged the motoring public to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

He advised all parks and motor owners to ensure that “necessary facilities needed for passengers to guard against the spread of COVID-19 are provided, ensure the conveyance of two passengers per seat and proper use of face mask before commencement of any trips”.

“The message we are passing today is that, as COVID-19 is still ravaging till now, we are encouraging all operators to ensure that they comply with all the protocols regarding COVID-19. We have told them to desist from carrying excess passengers, rather, they should carry only few.

“We advise Akwa Ibom people to stop any form of road infraction and be disciplined while on the road. They should not go more than the required speed and continue to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the usage of the highways.

Reacting, the General Manager of AKTC, Mrs Angela Affia on behalf of the company, thanked the command for making their organization the place to be reached.

Affia, who confirmed that FRSC has been on the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 through sensitization, assured that the company would adhere to the safety protocols regarding the pandemic.

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