By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday, inaugurated the State Road Safety Advisory Council to reduce incessant crashes on the roads.
The 10- man Advisory Council has the state Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi, as its Chairman as well as Commissioners for Works/Transport, Health, Justice, Education, Finance and Enviroment.
Others are representatives of the State Planning Commission and the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), while the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, will serve as Secretary to the Council.
Inaugurating the Advisory Council in Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said the mandate of the Council was to advise the government on how best to ensure sanity on the roads across the state.
The governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi, said aside advising government, the Council shall interface with the leadership of the FRSC in the state in carrying out its responsibilities.
He stressed that his administration has continued to give road infrastructure its deserved attention, having rehabilitated and constructed several roads across the state since the assumption of office.
Oyetola, who used the occasion to appreciate and commend the leadership of the FRSC, Osun Command for their commitment and excellent service delivery added that the command has contributed immensely to the rating of Osun as the most peaceful amongst the federating units.
Speaking on Covid-19 pandemic as currently ravaging the world, the governor said road transportation system remains one of the potent sources of contracting the virus, saying tackling the menace will hugely depend on the observance of its protocols among passengers and road users alike.
He, then tasked the Advisory Council to carry out its duty efficiently and effectively to guarantee safety of lives and property of citizenry in the state.
Secretary to the Advisory Council and the state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Paul Okpe, had earlier in his address said the initiative would further guarantee safety on the roads and reduce the rate of mishaps on highways across Nigeria.