Minister advises youths to obey traffic rules
The Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Inua Abdulkadir, has advised Nigerian youths to always obey traffic rules and regulations when driving to reduce road accidents. Abdulkadir, who made the call as the special guest at the Federal Road Safety Corps monthly jogging in Abuja on Saturday, noted that youths were more likely to commit road traffic offences because of their exuberance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister was represented by the director of Staff Welfare in the ministry, Mrs. Salamatu Fulani. He said, “Because of youths’ exuberance, they are likely: drink and drive, over speed, overload and drive dangerously, among other traffic offences.
“We call on youths and the Nigerian motoring public to always obey traffic laws, avoid phone calls when driving, maintain lane discipline and exercise patience.” Abdulkadir called on the FRSC to intensify its patrols and enforcement of traffic rules, not only to bring sanity to the roads but to reduce road traffic accidents.
He commended the commission for the various measures it had taken, including the introduction of the new number plate, driver’s licence and free-toll call number, to enhance road safety management. Another guest at the exercise, the Managing Director of NICON Insurance, Mr. Emmanuel Jegede, called on youths to take the issue of road safety seriously.
Jegede urged them not to be over confident or under-estimate dangers associated with the road when driving. In his remarks, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka, urged youths to abide by all traffic standards while driving as the roads were not race tracks.
The theme of the exercise was ‘Jogging for Youth Development.’