By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Command, has sought after the partnership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, for effective traffic management and control.
The State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr. Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi, who stated this in his office in Awka when the executive members of NUJ, Anambra State Council, paid him a courtesy visit, described the media as a force to reckon with in traffic control, management, public education and sensitization.
According to him, the Command preferred having the media as Special Marshals as they would help to sanitize the road of reckless driving, accidents and traffic congestion.
Mr. Kumapayi said the Command under his watch had zero tolerance for extortions, bribe or corruption, urging the media to help expose any of their staff or public caught in the act while performing their functions.
Mr. Kumapayi, who said that road accident had reduced drastically since he assumed office in Anambra State, assured that the Command would not relent on its public enlightenment programmes through the media and other channels of communication.
‘We clampdown on use of old vehicles because most road accidents are attributable to non-maintenance of vehicles, over speeding and carelessness. We have been on various media channels sensitizing the public on why they must be road safety conscious at all times.
‘The rate of traffic accident has reduced drastically. What we have now is vehicle breakdown. And most of these are vehicles that are on transit from other States across Anambra State heading to other States.
‘Most of the drivers within the state are complying. We are sending messages to them; we are increasing our media sensitization. We can’t do this alone without you the media. NUJ, Anambra State is one of the best in the country,’ he said.
Continuing, the Sector Commander said ‘We want your members who can sacrifice their time to join us as Special Marshals. If they see the areas we are not doing well, they should correct them. We have zero tolerance for bribery and extortions. We want to improve in our performance,’ he maintained, adding that his Command was always available to join the NUJ in its programmes and meetings.
Earlier, NUJ, Anambra State Council, Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ifesinachi, condoled the Command on the demise of their immediate past Sector Commander, Sunday Ajayi, who died recently in a road accident, describing him as a fine officer and seasoned administrator whose spell in Anambra State was spectacular. He appreciated his relationship with media practitioners within and outside the state.
Comrade Ifesinachi welcomed Kumapayi to Anambra State and emphasized the need for the sustenance of the existing cordial working relationship between the Command and the Union, describing Journalists in Anambra State as responsible, responsive, highly dedicated and committed, as well as among the best in the country.
The NUJ Chairman commended the Command on its resolve and determination to enthrone road and traffic discipline, obedience and good conduct, adding that the NUJ was ready to work in synergy with the Command in the area of public education, enlightenment and Sensitization to ensure free-flow of traffic and minimize road accidents in the state.
He explained that the Union had articulated various public education programmes in the year 2019 and called on the Command to be part of those exercises as a way of using the Union’s various media platforms to reach their various publics and showcase themselves.
In his vote of thanks, the Secretary of the Union, Comrade Emma Udeagha, expressed joy that the new Sector Commander was an Officer who was committed to his official duty, pointing out that the Sector Commander had within only a few weeks in office shown great determination to surpass the ‘wonderful’ achievements of his predecessors, especially in minimizing vehicular accidents and in enthroning discipline on our roads.
Comrade Udeagha assured Mr. Kumapayi of the Union’s readiness to work with him to make his stay in the state much easier and eventful.