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Sallah: Don’t disobey traffic rules and regulations, FRSC warns motorists

As Muslims prepare for the Sallah celebration, the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has handed down a warning to drivers in the country to obey traffic rules and regulations or be arrested.

Oyeyemi gave the warning in his Sallah Message, on Sunday, and the statement was made available by the Head, Media Relations and Strategy of the corps, Bisi Kazeem, in Abuja.

“As the Muslim Ummah observe the feast, let everyone celebrate with the spirit of obedience to God and recognise the sanctity of human lives by obeying all traffic rules and regulations and avoiding acts capable of undermining safety of other road users.

“People should, therefore, avoid overloading, speed limit violation, dangerous driving and phoning/texting while driving and also avoid the use of worn-out/expired tyres,” he said.

As a build up to the 1st October comnencement of nationwide enforcement, the FRSC boss urged commercial vehicles operators to install speed limiting device as only the living can celebrate.

He further called on Nigerians to assist the corps and other security agencies deployed to manage the traffic by conducting themselves in safe and orderly manner, pointing out that FRSC patrol and rescue teams have been put on alert to assist road travellers.

He added that the Help Areas/Road Side Clinics across the country would remain open to attend to emergencies.

Oyeyemi called on members of the public to immediately notify FRSC of any emergency situations through its emergency line: 0700-CALL-FRSC (0700-22553772) or Toll-free line: 122 for prompt response.

The corps marshal, who wished all Nigerians happy motoring and safe Eid-El kabir celebration, assured Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful, of safe Sallah celebration.

He said that adequate logistics provisions have been made to ensure removal of obstructions and crash-free celebration.

Oyeyemi enjoined them to be safety conscious throughout the period of the festivity.

Stressing the significance of the Sallah celebration, he noted that it is centred around devotion and obedience to the will of Allah, which Prophet Ibrahim exemplified by his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.

According to him, “there are great lessons for mankind to learn from the obedience shown to God by Prophet Ibrahim even in the present life. Eid-El Kabir celebration teaches us how to show obedience to God in all that we do as human beings.”

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.