GOVERNOR Simon Bako Lalong, of Plateau State, has assured citizens of the state of his desire to ensure a zero tolerance to potholes across the state to save the lives of road users.
He made the assurance last Saturday, while speaking at the 6th Annual Conference and Award Winning of Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD) Trust Fund, held at the Kwararafa Multipurpose Hall Elim-Top Suites, Rayfield Jos, the State capital.
While appreciating the foresight of the organizers for the programs, the Governor, cautioned the youths on reckless driving saying, a lot of lives have been lost as a result of over speeding on highways, hence the need for observing road signs and regulations to help reduce the rate of avoidable accidents.
He promised to support the organization in the fight to educate people on the dangers of over-speeding towards ensuring an accident free Plateau State saying, government was doing everything humanly possible to ensure that, all potholes across the state were maintained.
Earlier, the chairperson at the occasion, Hon. Justice Muhammed Mustapha (JCA), described the Theme; “Speed reduction; panacea for road traffic crashes”, as apt considering the rate of accidents caused by over-speeding by motorists on the highways and called on concerned agencies to monitor road users to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of road safety.
On her part, the founder of KRSD, Hon. Justice Monica B. Dongban-Mensem (PJ-JCA) expressed sadness that, God’s gift of manufacturing cars to man was not a mistake, but to serve as necessities to man and “not what should carry us to early graves” saying, “the attitudes of some motorists is worrisome and heartless. You can imagine someone knocking his fellow human being down, but would zoom away without remorse to trying to help to any hospital”. It is heartlessness.”
There were award presentation to winners of the essay competition organized for NYSC members by Governor Simon Lalong, where Mr. Ezugwu Ugochukwu Emmanuel, who was the 1st runner went away with N100,000 as prize, Akunwame Rachael, the 2nd runner, got N75,000, while the 3rd runner, Mr. Nnamdi Azikwu got N50,000 respectively.