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FRSC partners NUJ on ‘ember’ months awareness campaign

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Cross River sector command, says it was partnering with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to ensure a sustained sensitisation campaign on safe roads, particularly during the ‘ember’ months.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Cross River state, Cyprian Ikechukwu Ofordu, who expressed readiness of the commission to work with journalists, during a courtesy visit to the NUJ Press Centre in Calabar, Tuesday, said such partnership would bring mutual benefits to road users, the NUJ and the commission.

“The Federal Road Commission cannot do the work alone without the involvement of the media. We are carrying sensitisation programmes across the state, starting with a motorcade rally from Calabar metropolis to Odukpani. We call on the media to be part of these activities.

“The truth is that there is nothing special and evil about ‘ember’ months, as they are just like any other month. We are kick-starting sensitisation rally from the 26th of this month, that is from Monday next week. Many, if not all of the road mishaps during this period are caused by human errors. Our partnership will help in reducing these crashes and it will also be beneficial to all of us,” Mr Ofordu said.

Responding, the chairman of NUJ, Cross River state council, Mr Victor Udu, said the visit of the FRSC leadership in the state was a statement on the readiness of the commission to reduce incidence of road crashes.

“NUJ has been working with the FRSC, but this time around, we will double that collaboration. We will strengthen the partnership to make it more robust. I hope and believe that this partnership will be sustained by both the FRSC officers and our members,” Udu stated, and called on Journalists to reciprocate FRSC goodwill by being safety conscious.

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