By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),

The Executive Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano has charge all traffic agencies to work together in making sure that road users abide by the rules.

The Governor made this appeal at this year’s “National Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers of the Federation” held on Wednesday 21st October, 2018 in Awka, the state capital.

Chief Obiano, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Osita Chukwulobelu, commended the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) for their constant presence on road sides, which has saved so many lives.

“I commend your efforts in reducing bad vehicles on our roads, and your efforts in curbing recklessness on our high ways. Keep up the good works especially now that we are approaching the festive period.”

“Three things are vital and should be really considered. They are: the driver, the vehicle and the road itself. The road network has been improved compared to the last 30 years when there were a lot of death traps.”

“Every vehicle is supposed to go through annual vehicle test. Persistent offenders like those who drink and drive and those who disobey traffic rules should be made to face the law.”

“Continue to partner with other agencies through making sure that all drivers both private and public have driving license.”

“All agencies involved on transport inspection should endeavor to make more efforts in advancing their knowledge through attending seminars, conferences which will help in stipulating the functions of each agency so as to avoid misunderstand.”

Acting National Chairman, Conference of Directors/Chief road traffic officers of the federation, Garba Abdu Gaya in his opening speech said the rate of accident and the level of security challenge facing the high ways is worrisome.

According to him, “It is pertinent to mention that drivers are the major cause of accidents.”

“Our goal is to ensure that drivers are properly trained, tested and licensed.”

“In this country, the management of driver’s license is a serious challenge which needs to be reviewed and addressed with seriousness.”

“All state governments should massively embark on resuscitation of their individual roads and also assist in ensuring that effective control on the issuing of license is checked. Only tested and certified drivers should be issued with license.”

He added by pleading that, “Trapping and issuing of riders permits to motorist and tricycles to be properly handled.”

Gaya, on behalf of the entire directors of road traffic officers extended appreciation to the number citizen of the state and also the ministry of transport for their support in making the conference a reality.

Commissioner for Transport Anambra state, Hon. Uchenna Okafor, in his speech thanked the national body of VIOs for choosing Anambra state as its host.

Hon. Okafor said, “The importance of VIOs on our roads can never be over looked. Road transport management and the safety of Ndi-Anambra is very important.”

“We are deeply encouraged by your presence and we believe that this gathering we will help in the area of capacity building.”

“We assure you of our support and we are always ready to collaborate with you.”

Christopher Okeke the new chief Vehicle Inspection Officer, Anambra state while speaking to journalists threw more light on the essence of the gathering.

“This conference is held once in a year with the purpose of deliberating on topical issues such as driving license processes and road worthiness.”

“We meet to harmonize the positions of various states into a national working document.”

“After this conference, citizens should expect a communiqué that will address a lot of issues that have been bothering a lot of states on motor vehicles administration, vehicle inspection and accident inspection”. He concluded

Earlier on, keynote speaker Rev. Oluyomi Bayo while lecturing on the theme: “Innovative strategies for enhancing sustainable road traffic safety and security”, explained saying issues related to transportation all over the world attracts so much attention both from government and citizens.

“In any society, transportation plays a great role in the economic growth of cities, towns and villages.”

“The responsibility of keeping our road safe is on our shoulders. There is need for reorientation because if we don’t do our job well, then we are part of the problem.”

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