Members of the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISafetyE) have solicited partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as part of efforts to promote safe road usage.
John Onyemenam, the Rivers State chairman of safety engineers, made the request during a visit to the state sector commander, Salisu Galadunci in his office in Port Harcourt.
Onyemenam, who said the collaboration would further bring the much needed results for drivers in the state and other road users, observed that the use of billboards with safety messages would help to raise awareness on safe road practices.
He also suggested visiting motor parks to enlighten commercial vehicle drivers on safe driving practices, explaining that the institution had already carried out a series of programmes in a bid to stop unsafe work practices and ensure safety on the roads.
According to.him, members have visited some motor parks in the state, where the drivers were engaged in safe driving as well as the distribution of stickers with safety messages which he said were shared with vehicles at the park.
He said that members would take the safety campaign to factories and construction sites to encourage workers to always put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on duty as part of safety measures;
He lauded the efforts of road safety officials in the state in enduring safe driving and checking recklessness among drivers and other road users.
Responding, Galadunci thanked the safety engineers and re-emphasised the importance of safety on the roads to check accidents particularly within the metropolis.
He pointed out some obstacles and major challenges confronting the agency and pledged to partner with the organisation at all times to curb road crashes in the state.
The highpoint of the visit was a donation of some safety materials to the FRSC library with assurance to donate more and installation of the sector commander as one of the patrons of the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISafetyE) in Rivers states.
Both organisations pledged to work together to achieve their common goal and improve safety practices in the state.