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Nigeria: Kaduna Bars Federal Road Safety Agency From Creating Traffic Bottleneck On State Roads

Iliya Kure
Kaduna (Nigeria) — Kaduna State Security Council has barred Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) from creating unnecessary checkpoints and indiscriminate stoppage of vehicles for inspection in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state – an act the Council say, “creates needless traffic bottleneck on state roads.”

FRSC Officers have been stopping vehicles in the metropolis at various spots including major junctions and roundabouts, creating congestions on the road, and heavy traffic hold up.

A statement by Governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan says “The council acted following complaints that FRSC officials were acting in ways reminiscent of the VIO that was dissolved by the state government following widespread unease at their acts of disrespect for the public and penchant for extortion.”

The Security Council has advised the FRSC personnel to direct their energies in ensuring safe travel, especially on highways such as the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, which records high accidents due to bad shape of the roads and over speeding.

Currently, the Federal Government doesnot have a road in Kaduna metropolis, having acceded to requests from the Kaduna State Government and redesignated the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway (the Western Bye-pass) and Ahmadu Bello Road as state roads.

The statement says “Residents complain that FRSC officials create needless traffic bottleneck on these state roads.”

Public Relations Officer of FRSC, Kaduna Sector Command, Ms. Ambisa could not pick her calls when contacted by our reporter, nor respond to his text message.

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