By Ernest Mwokolo, Abeokuta
No fewer than 16,712,000 passengers would travel on the Ogun corridors of the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Ore expressway between December 2019 and January 31, 2020, The Federal Safety Corps(FRSC), Ogun State sector Command said on Friday.
It also said an estimated 1.7million vehicles would ply the expressway within the same period in focus.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Ogun State Sector Command, Clement Oladele, who reeled out the statistics, urged motorists to drive with care, observe speed limit within construction sites and also obey traffic regulations to ensure safety on the ever busy Lagos Ibadan and Lagos – Ore expressways during and after the yuletide.
Oladele spoke in Abeokuta, the state capital, at a day Road Safety Seminar organised by the Ogun State interim Committee on Transportation in conjunction with Tunes Communications for transport workers and unions in the state.
The Seminar was declared open by Governor Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by his Deputy Noimot Salako – Oyedele.
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The FRSC boss recalled that 1,000,008 vehicles plied the expressway between December 2018 and January 31, 2019 conveying a total of 7.8million passengers.
He noted that to make the roads safe for motorists and other road users require constant education of people, reminding to do the needful always.
“There are two things about road safety. One is education and the second one is that when we educate you and you refuse to listen to our advice we don’t have any options than to give you bookings and impound your vehicle or take you to court and the court wil do the appropriate thing,” Oladele said.
Also, the Publicity Secretary of the Ogun All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, said the safety Seminar became necessary because of the strategic location of Ogun State as the Gateway to other states of the Federation which makes the Ogun corridors of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway and Lagos – Ore expressway busy all round the year.
Oladunjoye daid:”Our dear state is very important State when it comes to land transportation in Nigeria. The busiest road in Nigeria, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway passes through be Ogun State.
“You can not leave the heart of commerce in Nigeria to go to any State by land without passing through Ogun State and that makes it important to educate and the sensitize road safety agencies, transport unions and also talk about health implications in terms of educating them on how to take care of their health, how to check vital signs and this is not because of the festive period, road safety is every day business and that is the reason why we feel it is a necessary to bring the unions together to sensitize them.”