The federal government has presented to the public gazetted regulations that will guide against overload and reckless disregard for road furniture on federal highways tagged, “Federal Highways (Control of Dimensions, Weights and Axle Load of Heavy Duty Goods Transport Vehicles) Regulation, 2018.”
In his welcome address at a one-day “Public Enlightenment Meeting on the Developments in the Road Sector” organised for stakeholders, the minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola urged all and sundry to embrace the change being brought into the sector by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government through strict compliance with the regulations.
Fashola who applauded the complementary efforts of some state governments in respect to roads said while the government is rapidly and aggressively addressing the issue of road infrastructure, the public ought to reciprocate the goodwill by ensuring the protection of the roads through compliance with both international and local regulations on the use of the facility which according to him is key to prosperity of nations.
“For those of you who might not know, there are now existing city obligations within the West African sub region that regulates the amount of load any goods vehicle can put on a road pavement within the sub region. And I thank President Buhari for finally signing the Instrument of Ratification on this as soon as it was brought to his attention.
“Our compliance with these regulations will open a massive door of opportunities and prosperity of cross border trade for Nigerians who are engaged in road transportation businesses.
“Our ministry is convinced that voluntary compliance by stakeholders will take us further and nearer to the prosperity that we all long for,” the minister said, adding that the process of enforcing the unveiled regulations will soon commence.
In his keynote speech, the special guest, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustafa, urged the stakeholders to play their own role in ensuring that the roads being constructed and rehabilitated by his administration across the country are not abused.
Stakeholders represented at the meeting by their heads included the various associations in the road sector as well as agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) among others. All pledged to support the government in its effort to turn around the sector.