The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the Federal Ministry of Transport, on Saturday expressed support for the need to fix Speed Limiting Device (SLD) in vehicles nationwide.
They made this known during the monthly Walking and Jogging, organised by the Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC) at the National stadium, Abuja.
The theme of this month’s exercise is: “Fix your Speed Limiter”.
Buratai, who was represented by Brig.-Gen. Abba Dikko, the Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, said compliance with speed limit would help reduce crashes.
“We should understand that the road is there for everyone to use, and that their safety is very important to the nation. We should respect the speed limit,” he said.
The army chief called for sustenance of such cordial relationship among security agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive security network across the country.
Similarly, Malam Bashir Mohammed, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, also enjoined motorists to reduce speed so that the roads could be safer.
“It is better to reduce speed and save life especially now that we are in the Ember months.
Fixing your speed limit is very important for the safety of every road user,” Mohammed who was represented by Mr Benjamin Elisha, Assistant Director of Transport, said.
The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who was represented by Mr Charles Theophilus, Head, Motor Vehicle Administration, said the enforcement of installation of the device was ongoing.
“From the research we have done and data we have on ground presently, speed accounts for about 50 per cent human causes of road crash.
“Commercial vehicle owners are supposed to have fixed the device in their vehicles. Sensitisation and advocacy are going on at all levels.
“We have also gotten the installers of those devices and they have their certificate and they have also been sensitising the public to their products and get the devices available for motorists,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that the commission has been carrying out light enforcement of the device since June 1.
The exercise was attended by personnel of FRSC, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), among others.