By Haruna Usman, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi state department of roads traffic unit has said that, from January to December of the 2019 has recorded at least 4,80 roads traffic offences and 92 roads accidents in Kebbi State.
Speaking to journalist in his office in Birnin Kebbi, the director roads traffic unit, Lawal Garba Hamisu Gulma said the arrest was made by roads traffic officers otherwise known as VIOs through sustained operations on the state roads, the chief VIO added that some of the offenders were prosecuted by court while others were advised and released depending on the degree of the offence they committed.
On the challeges being faced by the traffic unit in the state, gulma said that low personnel is the major impediments to their operations, he explained that with enough manower and logistics the unit can do very well, he pointed out that through such operations the state can generate alot of revenue.
He denied allowing virsually impaired drivers to drive on the roads adding that such persons acquired drivers licenses through fraudulent means not from them as they always conduct eye test on would-be drivers before they are issued licenses , their work according to him is to train drivers on safe driving and get them use to traffic rules and regulations before sending them to roads safety for issuance after they must have paid the stipulated fee to the board of internal revenue in kebbi State.
He stressed that, the 92 accidents records 29 are vehicles while 63 for motorcycles, as festives periods approaches, he said the unit have intesified efforts to reduce accidents through campaigns in motor parks and public places.
On the unit working relationship with other sister agencies he described it as frank and cordial saying roads safety mans federal high ways while VIOs takes charge of state and local governments roads, he called on the state governor Senator Atiku Bagudu to employ more staff for them and provide logistics to the unit come 2020.