National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has flagged off “Operation Safe Eid-el-Kabir” to caution road users against reckless driving, especially those travelling for the festive celebration.

The exercise which is designed to curtail the escalating road traffic accident during the festive periods, is a collaboration effort with support from Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Red Cross Society and other critical stakeholders in disaster management.

The Head, NEMA Operations Office, Sokoto, Aliyu Kafindangi at the flagging off staged at Sokoto-Gusau Highway, lamented the increasing frequency of road accidents during festive periods and urged drivers to avoid over speeding and habits that cause loss of lives.

Represented by the Head Search and Rescue Unit, NEMA Sokoto, Aminu Ambursa said the agency’s staff and other stakeholders would embark on routine check and patrol on major roads of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states during the exercise.

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According to him, officers will be on strategic roads in designated areas to monitor reckless driving; while advising drivers to observe speed limits and avoid any intoxicant behaviour.

The Head, however, advised passengers to also be cognizant of the approach and driving ability of the person who takes control of the vehicle they were travelling in.

Cov Adamu Yusuf