Sallah: FRSC launches special enlightenment rally in Katsina

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*Road crashes claim 265 nationwide in last 3 months

*Corps Marshall urges motoring public to be safety conscious.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged drivers and motoring public to be safety conscious and obey all traffic rules and regulations this Eid – El – Fitr (Sallah).

The Corps Marshall of FRSC, Dauda Ali Biu, represented by the Katsina State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Ibrahim Maiyaki Bazama, gave this advice at the launch of 2023 Eid-El-Fitr (Sallah) Special Enlightenment Rally in Kofar Guga NURTW Motor Park, Katsina, on Wednesday.

Biu said the programme tagged: “Drive Safe to Drive in Another Sallah,” has become expedient as “Sallah is at the door and it’s a fact that only the living celebrates.”

He added: “It’s only an individual who is alive that will drive in this Sallah and drive in another Sallah.”

The programme, according to him, was organized to sensitize the motoring public about the need to comply with all traffic rules that will enable them to arrive safely at their destinations.

His words: “The rules are simple: avoid overloading, avoid over speeding, avoid dangerous driving and be sure that your vehicles have good tyres and all other necessary things in the interest of individuals and groups that ply the roads.

“I want to make this point clear to our drivers and of course passengers: the responsibility of driving safely on our roads does not only lies in the hands of drivers. As passengers, you have a role to play; your role is also critical for your safe arrival at your destinations.”

The Corps Marshall enjoined passengers to advice reckless drivers against dangerous driving and report such drivers to any uniformed personnel on the way or at their destinations. 

This, he assured, could drastically reduced the rate of road crashes in the federation.

In his speech, Deputy Corps Commander I. M. Lawal, from FRSC Abuja, disclosed that road accidents claimed no fewer than 265 lives in Nigeria in past three months. 

Lawal, who decried the huge loss of lives and property on roads, admonished drivers and other motorists to drive with caution and obey traffic rules in this period characterized by many vehicles and frequent traffic congestions.

The highpoint of the rally which witnessed goodwill messages from several heads of security agencies in the state among others was the lecture aptly tagged, “Disregard to Road Safety Regulations and Consequences: Islamic Perspective,” delivered by Umaru Musa University don, Professor Abdurhaman Adoro.

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