25 November 2012

Nigeria: Works Minister Accuses FRSC of Negligence

Benin — Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen has blamed the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for major accidents around the Ovia bridge mouth along Benin-Ore-Sagamu highway, saying their failure to remove crashed vehicles around the area compounds problem.

He expressed displeasure over this and threatened to report the FRSC command to the corps marshal.

The minister who was on inspection tour of on-going rehabilitation works on sections of the Benin-Ore expressway yesterday, witnessed two accidents in less than 10 minutes. These were caused by non-removal of crashed vehicles from scene.

"What we saw on the Ovia Bridge is very disturbing. We saw two accidents there and FRSC is not there to attend to them.

"But few kilometres to the accident spot, you have FRSC point. This is unacceptable and I'm going to take up the issue with the corps marshal," he maintained.

Speaking on the commitment of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to deliver on the Africa highway project, the minister said the third phase will commence immediately after the completion of the first and second phases in March 2013.

According to him, "The road is part of the trans-Africa highway beginning from the Lagos coast, through Ore, Benin, to Mombassa (Kenya).

"The project started years ago, and it is on schedule. The major problem here is the Ovia river bridge head, and how we can reduce carnage around here. We have approved the construction of barriers to prevent vehicles falling into the river," the minister said.

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