An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, SC Oghenek Aro has given insight to why road users continue to experience anguish on Nigerian roads.
Oghenek Aro who attributed such anguish to gross indiscipline among road users, stated that the most painful of it was impatience, especially among politicians who refuse to obey traffic rules because they go on convoys.
SC Aro who is the Sector Commander in charge of Akwa Ibom State, spoke with journalists during a multi sectoral assessment of the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene road on Friday.
“The federal road safety corps (FRSC) has been very responsive in ensuring free movement of traffic. Indiscipline on the part of road users also cause the anguish that people experience on the road. Even senior citizens are guilty of this.
“When this heavy trucks fail and block a section of the road, it is expected that road users must follow the direction of the FRSC personnel. Unfortunately, some perons who go in convoys do not follow the direction. They rush to another areas, making other persons to join them. This way, the road becomes locked”, he lamented.
Oghenek Aro who condemned the hasty disposition of road users which he said, causes psychological frustration, regretted the “brazen lawlessness of some categories of persons”, saying such was a discouragement to traffic officials who stay on the road as late as 11pm on a daily basis.
He appealed to Nigerians, regardless of their status to obey traffic rules so vehicles could move freely with ease.
His words, “Impatience among road users compound the problem. Their hastiness, instead of helping free flow of traffic, rather worsen it, causing holdups and making travelers feel frustrated.
“Sometimes my men stay on this road till 11pm without being armed. This is the sacrifice we must make. We cannot operate in a situation where some people are law abiding while others are brazenly lawless.
“We appeal that all Nigerians and road users be discipline. The road itself does not cause crashes. But when a road is not in good condition, everyone must exercise patience and move through it as directed by the traffic agency.”
The multiple sectoral assessment was lead by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang.
Other government agencies including the Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Emergency Road Management Agency (FERMA) and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC all pledged to do palliative works on the road to afford commuters easy movement, pending the release of funds the contractor, Julius Berger, by the federal government.