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Ogun Records 109 Deaths From Accidents In 9 Months

The Ogun State TRACE Corps Commander/Chief Executive, Cdr. ‘Seni Ogunyemi, has said that over 109 deaths and 450 injured persons have been recorded from road accidents in the state within nine months.

Ogunyemi made this known at the 5th Annual TRACE Commanders’ Conference and 15th Anniversary Lecture, held at the Valley View Auditorium, Government House, Isale-Igbein, Abeokuta, the state capital.

He hinted that major causes of the accidents were reckless driving, carelessness, bursting of tyres and non-challant attitude of road users, noting that most accidents could be averted if necessary preventive actions were taken.

“Indeed, majority of our road users never bother about other people, if vehicles of errant motorists are impounded and within one month they can’t pay fines and their vehicles are auctioned, others like them will abide by traffic rules and regulations,” Ogunyemi said.

He said that TRACE had been repositioned for effective service delivery through the expansion of the Area and Divisional Command structure to 36 (9 Area Commands and 26 Divisions/Unit Commands).

He noted that the Commands were fully equipped with public enlightenment, sensitization and awareness gadgets bringing more public participation into the Safety Drive through the TRACE Traffic Whistle -Blower Initiative.

He added that TRACE Emergency Traffic Service (TETS) and Community Based Traffic Management Scheme had also been launched for safer roads.

Earlier, the Transportation Commissioner, who represented the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Gbenga Dairo,   had assured the Corps of government support, noting that it was high time it worked  24 hours for efficient and effective service delivery.

He further assured that all roads in the state would be attended to, so as to reduce road crashes, noting that the government had awarded contracts on some of the roads, including feeders roads, for proper rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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