GOVERNMENT URGED TO SUSTAIN WARDING OFF ROADSIDE TRADERS
By Frances Nwabufoe
Onitsha, March 15, 2019 (MOI) Onitsha Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Paulinus Akpotobo has urged Anambra State Government to sustain the warding off of roadside traders and buses on major roads in the commercial city of Onitsha.
Akpotobo said while reacting to interview on ghastly road accident that occurred recently at the Upper Iweka road, involving an O-Gas tanker that lost control of its brakes.
No fewer than six persons were confirmed dead at the spot, while 20 others were injured and rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The incident which occurred at about 2:30 pm on March 13, was seen by him as unfortunate and could have been averted, if the driver had maneuvered the vehicle into a nearby gutter.
``Usually, such drivers prefer saving goods to injuring people and as such did not want to damage the vehicles, so as not to affect the goods.
``Casualties could have been fewer, if the road was free of traders, touts loading commercial buses and others accosting commuters for illegal fees, which they claim to collect on behalf of the state government,’’ he said.
The Unit Commander maintained that although the traders and touts were occasionally warded off the roads, they return afterward to continue their nefarious businesses.
He called on Anambra State Government to ensure that Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA) and the Willie Workforce were stationed permanently at those sensitive spots.
The incident occurred between the Toronto Hospital and Peace Park, Onitsha and the tanker was laden with kerosene.
The FRSC and ATMA were seen at the
venue of the incident ensuring that normalcy returned to the area, while the
police and military personnel prevented angry mobs from setting the tanker