COAS,Transport Ministry,support installation of Speed Limiting Device

nigerian roadThe Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the Federal Ministry of Transport, on Saturday expressed support for the need to fix Speed Limiting Device (SLD) in vehicles nationwide.

They made this known during the monthly Walking and Jogging, organised by the Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC) at the National stadium, Abuja.

The theme of this month’s exercise is: “Fix your Speed Limiter”.

Buratai, who was represented by Brig.-Gen. Abba Dikko, the Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, said compliance with speed limit would help reduce crashes.

“We should understand that the road is there for everyone to use, and that their safety is very important to the nation. We should respect the speed limit,” he said.

The army chief called for sustenance of such cordial relationship among security agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive security network across the country.

Similarly, Malam Bashir Mohammed, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, also enjoined motorists to reduce speed so that the roads could be safer.

“It is better to reduce speed and save life especially now that we are in the Ember months.

Fixing your speed limit is very important for the safety of every road user,” Mohammed who was represented by Mr Benjamin Elisha, Assistant Director of Transport, said.

The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who was represented by Mr Charles Theophilus, Head, Motor Vehicle Administration, said the enforcement of installation of the device was ongoing.

“From the research we have done and data we have on ground presently, speed accounts for about 50 per cent human causes of road crash.

“Commercial vehicle owners are supposed to have fixed the device in their vehicles. Sensitisation and advocacy are going on at all levels.

“We have also gotten the installers of those devices and they have their certificate and they have also been sensitising the public to their products and get the devices available for motorists,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that the commission has been carrying out light enforcement of the device since June 1.

The exercise was attended by personnel of FRSC, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), among others.

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  • Anderson Anyikwa

    Criminals! It is business as usual for FRSC. They want to jump from forcing Nigerians to change their vehicle number plates every now and then to forcing us to install speed limiting devices. Contract for the devices as was the case with number plates will be awarded to their partners in crime. To begin with, FRSC should focus her energy on campaigning for building and maintaining safe roads in Nigeria, educating motorists on safe road etiquet. It is not the statutory duty of FRSC to certify and enrich a few individuals/companies through at the expense of Nigerian motorists. Majority of our so called roads are death traps with virtually no road signs, no speed limits displayed.Yet this moron Called Mr Oyeyemi lays all the blame on Nigerian motorists. Abeg Mr FRSC Corps Marshal look else where for money to loot.

  • The speed limiter is a fraud, that should not be supported by the COAS, who in my opinion is not an expert in road safety. Over speeding, kills, understandably so but speed limiters in all commercial vehicles does not prevent accidents. Take my words for it, in just two to three years after the FRSC management has successfully milked the transportation industry with these speed limiter device, and has smiled to the bank, they will come around to blame something else, and introduce another device to support this fraud. I am not against the use of speed limiters, as a transportation safety professional. my grudge is that the FRSC is making it compulsory for all commercial vehicles in Nigeria, and that is fraudulent and must be stopped. I can prove it if you care to take me up on this speed limiter. Transportation company supervisors, and managers, are asked to submit data on accidents, and over speeding reports on individual drivers in their employ to management, who would then determine if if was necessary, for insurance purposes to attach speed limiters on some of their equipment for use by these known drivers, to curtail the speed of some of their drivers. Speed limiters use is expressly a transportation company management decision, and should not be made compulsory by the FRSC, if they have no financial benefit in dollars coming to them. Speed limiters on all trucks, is not an end to crash causation. There are other visible reasons why containers fall off the back of trailers. The FRSC as an agency of the Federal Government, will continue to delude us with false hope that their new scheme, speed limiter is all we need to reduce the carnage on our roads. and i make bold and challenge them to a debate on road safety, and crash causation reduction on the roads, and then will you see that they lack the necessary knowledge, skills and regulatory acumen necessary to curtailing so much deaths and destruction on our roads, and how to reduce or eliminate road crash causation. Let us now stop the insults on our intelligence, by this clueless federal agency, FRSC.

  • AA

    So where is the change that Buhari and APC promised? The Nigerian government is forever finding ways to extort her citizens. They have not done the basic things that are required for road safety, they suddenly want everybody to buy speed limiters in order to make money for some big contractor! If Buhari is serious about fighting corruption, he shd stop this criminality at once!