The Emir of Zuru, Dr Muhammadu Sani Sami, on Thursday called for total ban on use of motorcycles across Nigeria’s borders to prevent infiltration of suspected criminals into the country.
Sami made the call while receiving in his palace, Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode Olagunju, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zonal Commander for Zone 10 in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.
A statement by the FRSC RS10 Zonal Public Education Officer, Mr Aminu Sokoto, quoted the emir as saying that motorcycles were being used in the borders for activities that threaten the security of the country.
The monarch, however, called for proper regulations of commercial motorcycle operations in the efforts to curb crimes and enhance safety in various communities.
He commended FRSC for its initiatives and adoption of modern strategies in evolving safer road culture in Nigeria.
Sami also praised the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, and his team for their efforts in sanitising the nation’s road environment.
He promised the continuous partnership of the Emirate Council with the FRSC to further sensitise road users on the needs to comply with the traffic rules and regulations.
Sami decried the unsafe practice of overloading of vehicles with animals and people resulting in many cases of loss of lives and property on the roads.
He advised FRSC officials not to relent in their enforcement activities.
Earlier, Olagunju thanked the Emir and the Emirate Council for the support and collaboration with FRSC in the efforts to improve on road safety situation in the community.
He appreciated the traditional rulers for always lending their voices in encouraging their subjects to keep to the rules of the road.
Olagunju said that overloading was a major concern of the corps in the area.
He enjoined vehicle owners and motorcycle operators to properly register their vehicles and procure the new number plates.
The zonal commander admonished them to always put their vehicles in road worthy conditions before embarking on a journey.
He said that some vehicles were still carrying old number plates, pointing out that such vehicles would be instantly impounded, while all overloaded vehicles would also be seized in accordance with extant laws.
Olagunju said he had directed that operators of such vehicles should also be prosecuted and stand the risks of fines and imprisonment.
He reminded all road users that crashes don’t just happened, noting “but they are caused by disobedience to traffic laws and regulations’’.
The FRSC zonal commander thanked the Emir of Argungu for being a road safety champion, saying that with his continuous support and guidance, there would be better road safety culture in the area.
He was accompanied to the Emir’s Palace by Kebbi State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Aboyomi Asaniyan and the Unit Commander Zuru Unit, Assistant Corps Commander Ibrahim Idris, among others.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye