… As lawmaker says Banditry affects over 90% of Katsina farmers***
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sector Command, says road accidents claimed 137 lives in the past nine months.
The sector commander, Mr Samuel Ochi, told the newsmen on Friday in Abuja that 738 accidents occurred in the FCT from January to September.
He said that a total of 3,616 people were involved in the accidents, adding that 1,334 people were injured from the accidents.
“The number of vehicles involved stood at 10,062. If you look at the causes of these crashes, we have the leading cause to be speed violation.
“The number of the people who were involved in these accidents due to over speeding is 578, while road violations – people that drove one-way leading to collisions – are 35,” he said.
The sector commander added that accidents due to dangerous driving were 75.
Ochi said that most of the accidents were caused by speeding, over loading, use of old tyres and night travel.
He said:” Crashes, sometimes, cannot be attributed to over speeding; some people can lose control of their vehicles because of the condition of their health.
“During the nine months, 39 of these people were recorded, while obstruction, that is, allowing vehicles to block roads, leading to crash, were eight and, then, we have like seven other cases.
“If you look at the route that these crashes occured, the route in the FCT recording many crashed is Abaji -Dangote -Gwagalada Road.
“That road was the most accident-prone one during this period; Zuba-Giri was also responsible.
“We have Nyanya-Aya- Maraba as the third most prominent route that recorded crashes; then, Area 1 Roundabout.”
He advised motorists and commuters to avoid night travel, speeding and other road-unfriendly acts that could threaten their lives and lives of other road users.
In the meantime, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu-Tafoki, Deputy Speaker, Katsina State House of Assembly says the current security situation in the state affects over 90 per cent of the farmers.
The lawmaker, representing (APC Faskari) Constituency, disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen on Friday in Katsina, regarding Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
Faskari Local Government Area (LGA) is among the frontline areas affected by banditry and kidnapping.
According to Dalhatu-Tafoki, the issue of agriculture, which is one of the cardinal objectives of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration had suffered a lot due to the banditry.
“When you look at the frontline LGAs in the state, you will realise that all were dominated by farmers, and this situation has scared away over 90 per cent of them from their farms.
“Especially in my LGA, which has vast farmland than any other area in the state, we have over 1,750 hectares of farmland.
“We produce about 50 per cent of farm produce. But with the current security situation, we can not produce up to 20 per cent of what we normally produce.
“Even those that can farm, their goods are not getting the needed attention due to the insecurity. This brought a lot of setbacks to the sector,” he said.
He further commended the federal and state governments for shutting down the telecom services in the frontline areas, saying it is yielding good results.
According to him, if such the measure can bring an end to the situation, he would not mind the shutting down to be extended to the end of the year.
Dalhatu-Tafoki further called on the security agencies to intensify their operations to every affected area in the frontline LGAs.
Regarding national development, the lawmaker commended the Federal Government for improvement recorded in conduct of elections in the country.
According to him, there is a lot of improvement in that area compared to previous elections in the country.
He added that government had recorded successes in many areas of development despite the security challenges.