NEMA NWZO has officially flagged off this years “Operation Eagle Eye” in an effort to curtail the escalating road traffic accident especially at this critical time of December rush hour.
Today, at the Kaduna-Zaria Road, the agency in partnership with the FRSC, NDLEA, NURTW, the Nigeria Red Cross and other critical stakeholders gathered to flagged of the exercise which is expected to last for about ten days.
NEMA NWZ officials with other relevant stakeholders will be on a routine surveillance and patrol during the on the major highways like the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna-Zaria Highways to ensure motorists and other road users take safety measures when using the roads.
The Director General, NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed said, it’s befitting that the agency has always been coordinating resources towards managing disasters, among as such is to put focus on the question of road traffic accidents most especially in this period through its initiated yearly “Operation Eagle Eye” project to ensure safety on the highways
The DG represented by NEMA NW Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Imam Abbani Garki stated, “Operation Eagle Eye is a complimentary effort of NEMA to collaborate with the FRSC whose primary mandate is road traffic management to be able to secure the roads throughout the yuletide, the exercise would check road traffic abuse, as well as reduce emergency.”
He further added *NEMA is very much interested in reducing disaster of any form. Hence, the need for this collaboration to ensure that safety on the roads.”
He then appealed to motorists to be on the side of caution as they ply the roads this season; road Safety is every bodies business, I urge motorist abide by traffic rule and speed limit to stay alive.
On his part, Solomon Igbogbo, Sector head of operations, thanked NEMA, pledged continued collaboration and support of the FRSC Kaduna Command to the agency.
Also, Hassan Ibrahim, Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), said the programme would raise consciousness to persuade drivers to drive safe, the union on its part would continue to sensitise its members to ensure strict compliance to road regulation in 130 branches of the state.
In her remarks, Josephine Jatau, Assitant state commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it’s necessary to synergize as use of drugs relates to road crashes and called on residents to ensure that issues of drugs are addressed from the homes to saves lives.
During the Operation Eagle Eye exercise, officers will be in strategic places on these roads to monitor and ensure safety measures among drivers to be moderate on their speed limit and to avoid any intoxicant behavior. Passengers should also be wary of the driving ability of the person who takes control of the vehicle they boarded.