The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has embarked on a Highway patrol in an effort to curtail escalating road accidents in Nigeria most especially during the festive periods.
NEMA has already put focus on the question of road traffic accidents through its “Operation Eagle Eye” project, to compliment and coordinate respective stakeholders especially the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in tackling road accidents in the country.
The NEMA, North West Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Ilallah stated that, “It has been NEMA’s tradition to coordinate resources in responding to road accidents vulnerability especially at this period when people travel to different places for the yuletide celebrations and this makes the highway more busy and vulnerable to accidents”.
AlhajiIlallah added,“In accordance with this, NEMA North West Zone has earmarked the Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, and Kaduna-BirninGwari highways across the zone for the “operation eagle eye” patrol which is expected to run between the 24th December, 2011 to 2nd January, 2012”.
“Our officers will be in strategic places on these roads to monitor and stop reckless driving; we also urge drivers to be moderate on their speed limit and to avoid any intoxicant. Passengers should also be wary of the driving ability of the person who takes control of the vehicle they boarded”, the Ag. Zonal Coordinator concluded.