The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has deployed 1,200 officers to Kogi State to ensure free flow of traffic before, during and after this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The Kogi State sector commander of FRSC, Idris Fika disclosed this an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday.
Fika while expressing the readiness of the command to ensure an hitch free celebration, noted that, this officers had been deployed to strategic areas across the 21 Local Governments of Kogi State.
According to him, drivers plying the routes of Kogi State should avoid over loading and ensure that passengers are compelled to ware facemask in line with the Covid-19 protocols.
He said the command will not hesitate to try any motorist who violate traffic rules.
Fika added that the state which is housing eight unit command and two outpost will put all measures in place to avoid unnecessary crashes on the road.
“Kogi is a transit state to many other state in the country. Putting this in mind, we have put everything in place to ensure that motor is move freely on the road without any hitches.
“Against this background, it is important for all motorist passing through this state to maintain speed limit while traveling. It is someone that is alive that celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.
“Drivers must drive carefully, and they must reduce their speed especially in this raining season. Driving under the rain is very dangerous especially at high speed.
“We are currently in the midst of this deadly pandemic called corona virus. It is real. So, all passengers, including drivers must observe strictly all the Covid-19 protocol by wearing face mark and maintain social distancing.
“The use of face mark is mandatory. It is mandatory for commercial to take half capacity of their vehicle. For example, in 10 seater vehicles, drivers are expected to carry not more than five passengers instead of the usually 10. Any driver found wanting on this will not be spared”.
When asked if the command will institute a mobile court when motorist flout the warning, the Sector Commander averred that, ” If the need arises, mobile court will be there. We are also going around, informing people to observe the covid-19 protocols. We are also enforcing by booking and fining motorist that refuse to adhere to this directive.
“We are very serious about it on the observance of covid-19 rules. Covid-19 is real and we advice the entire Nigerians not to derail from the federal government directive as collectively we can kick corona virus out of Nigeria”.
It could be recalled that Eid-el-Kabir is celebrated worldwide by Muslims to honor the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command.