By Emeka Samuel, Uyo
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Akwa Ibom Command has flag off special end of season operations tagged, “Operation Zero”.
The operation which is expected to last from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15, 2019 is aimed at ensuring zero crash during the Christmas and New Year with its attendant increase in the volume of vehicular movement across the country.
Speaking to newsmen in his office in Uyo on yesterday, the Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, appealed to the state government to provide them with a tow truck to facilitate the removal of heavy truck vehicles that may breakdown during this period.
Oghenekaro said that lack of tow truck was one of the challenges confronting the Command, stressing that the truck would facilitate the removal of obstruction that may occur during the period to ensure operation zero is achieved.
The state commander said that the command has been experiencing difficulty in evacuating broken down vehicles anytime it has occurred..
“I want to appeal to the state government that the command needs to have heavy duty tow truck because quite often we experience breakdown on the road occasioned by trailers, tankers and such vehicles.
“Before we meet with construction companies who have this heavy duty towing van it will take one whole day for them to show up and within this period it is always chaotic.
“The tow truck will help us to remove obstructions on the road which sometimes cause road crashes and further help us achieve operation zero target.
He said that during this period the command would redeploy men and materials within the command to ensure that there was no road crash during the period of operation zero.
The sector commander disclosed that in preparation for the operation zero, the command had carried out sensitisation campaigns to offices, churches, mosque and all major motor parks in the state to sensitise road users on the need of safe driving to stay alive.
He said that the command would continue to work in partnership with key stakeholders on road safety to ensure zero crash was achieved.