ANAMBRA ASSEMBLY PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST ADDITIONAL HEADLAMPS

REPORTER: UCHE NDEKE

The Anambra State House of Assembly has expressed worry over the loss of lives caused by the use of additional improvised headlamps at nights by some motorists in the area.

To this end, it has passed a resolution calling on the Commissioner for Transport and other relevant agencies in the state to commence a clampdown on all the vehicles plying the road with such headlamps.

The Sponsor of the motion and member representing Anaocha Constituency Two, Mr. Ejike Okechukwu, noted that all vehicle manufacturers equip their vehicles with proper and commensurate headlamps for night driving.

Mr. Okechukwu expressed regret that most motorists, especially heavy duty drivers, install additional fog lamps in their vehicles thereby causing havocs and fatal accidents on the roads leading to injuries and deaths.

He noted that when relevant government agencies under the Ministry of Transport and other law enforcement agencies, dismantle such lights in the vehicles, it would no doubt reduce accidents that occur at night by at least 30%.

Supporting the motion, the member representing Njikoka Constituency II, Mr.Jude Akpua, said the clampdown was necceassry as those that used it, did not consider other road users, especially drivers who might have poor sights during night hours.

Mr. Akpua said the use of additional improvised headlamps had claimed several lives and so must be curtailed in other to ensure that the protection of lives and property, which is one of the main aims of the Governor Chukwuma Soludo led administration.

The member representing Ogbaru Constituency I, Mr. Noble Igwe, narrated that even when a driver had a good headlamp, the intensity of the improvised lights by some heavy duty drivers, tricycles and motorcycles riders put several road users in great danger.

Another lawmaker, Mr. Azubuike Udemezue, who noted that every vehicle comes with a safety headlamps fixed by the manufacturers, wondered why some drivers would choose to install extra lights that lead to loss of lives and property.

The member representing Aguata Constituency II, Mr. Tony Moubike, who described the act as lawlessness and recklessness on the part of the drivers, said proper regulations must be put in place to discourage such rascality that sent people to untimely death.

The Majority leader and member representing Ekwusigo Constituency, Mr. Ikenna Ofodeme, said the motion must be taken seriously by the relevant agencies and implemented immediately in the interest of the entire road users.

The Member representing Aguata Constituency I, Mr. Anayo Okpalaeke, said “the motion is life saving step that tends to guarantee the fundamental right to life of every citizen, including motorists and road users.”

He noted that 75% of road accidents most times were caused by the use of additional headlamps.

However, Ms. Nkechi Ogbuefi representing Anaocha Constituency I, spoke against the motion on the grounds that the motorists install such lights because majority of the roads were dilapidated, that the drivers needed extra illumination to see the portholes and ditches.

The House adjourned plenary to August 8, 2023.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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