The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and BeWise Community Empowerment initiative (BCEI), a non-governmental organisation have devised a partnership aimed at making the roads safer for motorists and others during the “Ember months”.
Speaking on the importance of the programme, BCEI convener, Mrs Susan Chisom, said her organisation would campaign against indiscriminate disposal of trash on the roads by motorists.
The group, she said, has adopted a slogan: “Don’t be a killer,” to make many road users aware of how their actions, taken most times unconsciously, may lead to accident and eventual deformation or death of victims.
She said: “We are saying to all road users, whether you are a motorist, or pedestrian that you should not be part of the problems. Don’t drop or litter the roads with things that could be injurious to other road users. Throwing things such as banana peels, water sachet, plastic pet bottle of drinks, out of the car windows, could be injurious to someone else, who might be coming behind or an unsuspecting pedestrian, leading to injuries, accident and even death.”
Mrs. Chisom said it was curious that rather than use trash bins sold to commercial vehicles, motorists and passengers dispose refuse on the road, constituting not only a threat to the safety of others, but environmental menace -blocking of drainage – which causes flooding.
The Head, Public Education and Enlightenment of the FRSC, Mrs Olabisi Sonusi, who led FRSC officials on the road show, said the corporation was happy to partner with the group to make the roads safer.
Sonusi said the indiscriminate throwing of waste and litters not only constitute an environmental nuisance, but is a causative agent of accidents on the roads. She praised the group for coming up with the initiative, which would not only address a major source of accidents, but ultimately help in sanitising the environment and beautify the nation.
According to her, educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of keeping the roads safe and litter-free is a task for all Nigerians.
He praised Mrs Chisom for coming up with the initiative, which he said would re-orientate Nigerians and contribute to the safety of lives on our roads.