Bayelsa forms road safety advisory council due to lack of federal Roads

The Bayelsa State Government has set up a 10-member Road Safety Advisory Council to work with other appropriate government agencies to ensure safety on the roads in the state.

Inaugurating the advisory council in Government House, yesterday, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said the Council was set up in line with the Road Safety Act which made provision for the statutory body in every state of the federation.

Ewhrudjakpo, who emphasized that the safety of passengers and vehicles plying the roads was the primary responsibility of the council, identified some intra-state roads like the Amassoma and the Opokuma roads as highly prone to automobile accidents.

He therefore called on motorists and Bayelsans to cooperate with the Advisory Council to achieve its goal of maintaining safety on the highways.

Ewhrudjakpo stated: “This advisory council is a statutory body under the Road Safety Act. Our duty or responsibility is to ensure safety on our roads – the safety of passengers and vehicles plying the roads.”

In his remarks, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Commander Matthew Egbe, expressed gratitude to the state government for setting up the advisory council, expressing optimism that the move would promote the safety of Bayelsans.

The Bayelsa Road Safety Advisory Council has the Deputy Governor as Chairman, with the honorable commissioners for health, education, transport, environment, works, and infrastructure as members.

Source: The Nation

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