In line with its strategic collaboration and partnership drive, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday collaborated with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to sensitise the staff of the telecoms regulatory agency on proper use of roads.
The FRSC five-man delegation was led by Adejumobi Olatunde, Unit Commander, FRSC Central Business District, Abuja, who sensitised the NCC’s staff including drivers on different areas bordering on road usage and safety.
Olatunde spoke extensively on the need for routine checks of vehicles, moderate speed, valid driver’s licence and attitudinal change for defensive or anticipatory driving to avoid accidents.
According to him, of the three variables in traffic environment, which include the driver, the vehicle and the road, the driver is the most important element who takes every decision and responsibility regarding proper use of the road.
Also, FRSC’s Head of FCT Sector Driver’s Licence Unit, Olubunmi Olagoke, who took the NCC’s staff through the process of getting new licences and renewing expired ones, encouraged staff of the Commission to always be law-abiding as road users.
Earlier in his welcome address, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, represented by Dr Henry Nkemadu, NCC’s Director Public Affairs, said the sensitisation exercise provided an opportunity for staff of the NCC to “learn, to imbibe and to ensure that they undertake best practices on the roads, whether they are driving an official car or their private vehicles,” charging the staff that their safety and those of other motorist must always be a priority at all times.
The EVC commended the FRSC for reaching out to the Commission, stating that FRSC is also NCC’s partners in the operations of the Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) nationwide.
Danbatta further enjoined the staff not to throw away the knowledge gained during the sensitisation but to use it in their daily use of road and to pass same knowledge on to those not present at the programme. “We should know that the safety of one is the safety of many, especially with the general poor attitude of road users,” he said.