Over one thousand tricycle and motorcycle operators in Enugu state have received training in line with the contemporary motor vehicle administration and best safety standard. Speaking at the commencement of the exercise at Enugu North Council Headquarters, the State Governor represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Transport, Mr. Peter Ajah, advised them to put safety ahead of profit while carrying out their duties.
The training started with a road show along Ogbete-Okpara Avenue with free medical eye check for the participants. The Governor in a message delivered by his Senior Special Assistant on Transport, Mr Peter Ajah said the training was to expose the tricycle and motorcycle operators to safety measures in order to serve the public better.
Mr Ajah expressed happiness over the turnout of the participants, noting that state government would address some challenges encountered by Keke Operators in the state. In their separate remarks, the Transition Chairman, Enugu North Local Government, Mr Issac Igwe and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Information, Mr Desna Aja described the training as a right step in a right direction.
The Chairman, Tricycle Operators in Enugu State, Mr Benjamin Ejiofor, who spoke on behalf of others, thanked the state government for the training, describing it as first of its kind. He noted that they were now better exposed to the rudiments of their job and promised to serve the people better.
Highlights of the event were presentation of certificates and a book to the participants on Enugu State transport regulation and operation titled, “ I know My Right. The training is to be replicated in all the Local Government Areas of the state.
Meanwhile,the Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra State has warned fleet operators against the sale of alcoholic drinks in parks in the area. The Sector Commander of the Corps in the state, Mr. Sunday Ajayi gave the warning during a Stakeholders’ Forum for Fleet Operators at the FRSC headquarters in Awka. The forum is a quarterly event which enables the corps and the fleet operators to interact on the challenges faced on the roads and the way forward. Mr Ajayi charged the fleet operators to ensure that their drivers were free of alcohol before embarking on any journey.
He reminded them that their drivers should not exceed eighty kilometer per hour which was the maximum speed limit for buses. The Sector Commander emphasized that all fleet operators in the state must be certified before they could operate. While challenging the fleet operators to expose those who operate without certification, Mr Ajayi explained that the installation of the speed limiter was a task that must be done.
He advised them to ensure that their drivers received regular training to enable them to be abreast of the traffic rules and regulations while on the road. In a remark, the Legal Adviser of the Corps, Mr Enweruzo Uzoma called on the fleet operators to comply with guidelines for certification or be prepared to face prosecution. Mr Uzoma described fleet operators as major stakeholders in the maintenance of sanity on the roads.
Some of the fleet operators agreed to install speed limiter on their vehicles and one of them, Mr Christopher Onyegbunam described it as a life-saving, noting that he had not recorded any accident since the installation of the device.
OBINNA OGBUKA & KEVIN EKEDIEGWU