..NB annual safety campaign takes off
As part of sustained efforts onÂ the part of government to
wards restoring the integrity of driver's licence and new vehicle number plate, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced plans to replace the existing with new ones.Â Coinciding with the 50th independence anniversary of the country, a new vehicle plate number would be introduced on October 1, while roll-out of the driver's licence would take effect from December 1.
Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Corps' public education officer, who disclosed recently at the flag-off of 2010 'Don't Drink and Drive' campaign in Lagos, sponsored by Nigeria Breweries plc for the third consecutive year, affirmed that the new plate number would be launched on October 1, while the roll-out of driver's licence would be on December 1.
Without mincing words, Obayemi said: "All these and so many others have been embarked upon by the government agency, with the aim of creating a safe motoring environment in the country. And I make bold to say that the results have been encouraging so far."
Giving details on need to change the current driver's licence, he however regretted that over the years, it has become public knowledge that most of licences are in possession of those not legally qualified to have it.
He added that other drivers do not even possess adequate driving training to have the document issued to them, and stressed that henceforth, before any driver would be issued the new driver's licence, he must undergo a proper training at the FRSC-approved driving schools.
Throwing weight behind the corporate social responsibility initiative of his organisation, Yusuf Ageni, corporate affairs adviser, Nigerian Breweries, noted that the 'Don't Drink and Drive' campaign was aimed at discouraging the habit of drinking driving and preventing avoidable road accidents.
He added that the campaign was essentially an awareness creation and life-saving effort targeted at commercial motorists and motorcycle riders, whom he stated, were the main culprits when it comes to the issue of 'drink driving.'
The campaign, designed to promote responsible drinking among drivers and other road users, was to further enlighten about dangers of 'drink driving' and reduction of the incidence of alcoholic-induced road accidents.
Targeted audience for the campaign includes the officials and members of the
National Union of Road Transport Workers of Nigeria, okada riders associations, luxury and city bus drivers association and executive car rental companies, as well as courier companies, government agencies and other key transport agencies, among others.
"It is one of our strategic corporative social responsibility initiatives, designed to improve safety on Nigerian roads," the Nigerian Brewery source stated.