By: FEMI OWOEYE
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter a long and vain waiting for appropriate government agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission, Ogere Unit has taken it upon itself to patch up dangerous pot-holes dotting Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Motoring World, on Wednesday, stumbled on the unit personnel, repairing damaged spots of the expressway around Ishara, Ogun State.
Interviewed on the spot, Olaluwoye Akinwumi, Head of Operations, FRSC Ogere Unit said his unit added the physical road repair effort to their assignment, because “those potholes have endangered lives of motorists for too long.”
“We thought rather than rescue accident victims on the same spots every now and then,” he explained, “it is better for us to find a way of patching up the potholes and prevent crashes, especially of night drivers; after all, prevention, it is said, is better than cure.”
According to Akinwumi, the exercise, which, he claims, is being sponsored by FRSC stakeholders, would be continuous “until appropriate government agencies starts doing their job.”
In a telephone chat with Motoring World later in the day (Wednesday), Unit Commander, FRSC Ogere, ACC Maxwell K. Lede attributed the initiative to encouragement and motivation his unit enjoy from Assistant Corps Marshal in charge of Lagos and Ogun State Command, Nseobong Akpabio.
He said: “Mr Akpabio is giving us all necessary backing and encouragement that motivate us to want to go extra mile to achieve the main purpose for which FRSC was originally founded.”
Reacting to the development on Saturday, Mr. Akpabio, who spoke to Motoring World on telephone from Abuja, described the initiative as a result of the encouragement and discipline being instilled into the FRSC.