The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Cross River Command says it will collaborate with other sister agencies to check the perennial hold up at Odukpani Junction, near Calabar.
For over a period now motorists and commuters spent hours at the Odukpani junction due to the bad road condition that begs for urgent government intervention.
The State’s FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Ocheja Ameh at a news briefing to mark the 6th United Nations Global Road Safety Week recently , said the situation at the Odukpani junction is very bad hence the need for the agencies to come together and help in traffic control and other things.
Ameh, who only assumed duty barely two weeks ago, said he had observed the hardship being experienced by motorists and commuters at the junction, saying,
“I went to monitor the area during the Sallah break and saw the pains, the torture that motorists and commuters go through as a result of hold-ups.
“We are going to collaborate with all the agencies involved to ensure smooth traffic at Odukpani junction.
I understand that, that is the only entrance to Calabar, those coming from Akwa Ibom and those come from Ogoja, Ebonyi, Enugu etc struggle to find their ways, so certainly there must always be a logjam.
“But, I can assure motorists that, we are going to do everything possible to ensure that, traffic becomes a lot more easier at that junction” .
Ameh condemned the indiscriminate parking of heavy duty trucks along the Highway, adding, “indiscriminate parking is part of the problem. Indiscriminate parking obstructs vehicular movements in Calabar and it’s environs.
“We will not condone that any longer. We are meeting with stakeholders in this regard with the view to finding an end to indiscriminate parking by heavy duty vehicles”.
On incessant road accidents , he attributed it to poor attitude of the motoring public, and called for attitudinal change among Nigerians, particularly drivers.
He stated that over 1.3 million lives were lost to road accidents annually across the world which prompted the United Nations (UN) to focus this year’s campaign on “Speed Reduction”.
Ameh advised Nigerians to always obey traffic rules while driving and to shun over speeding to avoid unnecessary accidents.