The Star (Nairobi)

10 June 2014

Kenya: Firm Condemns Vandalism of Road Signs

KENYA'S top signage firm Pelican Signs Limited has condemned vandalism on road signs in Kenya, adding that the matter was aiding the escalation of road accidents in Kenya.

Pelican managing director B.R Devani says the firm will soon partner with the Police, National Roads Safety Authority and the Kenya National Highways Authority to replace vandalized signs along the deadly Salgaa stretch of the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway.

"We are donating more than 100 road safety signs for free to the highways authority and a further 50 to the Police to help curb the rise in accidents.

He said the firm has procured ultra modern printing machines for its new factory situated along Kitui Road in Industrial area, adding that the road safety signs should be out in a week's time.

Devani said the offer may be extended to other black spots once consultations between the firm and other concerned Government agencies is finalized.

He said his company will continue to participate in projects that add value to Kenyans, adding that Pelican will also print free signs for NGO's, Church Organizations and other courses that add value to the life of Kenyans.

Devani said the company, which has been in the signage business in Kenya since 1950 will continue to support road safety initiatives being rolled out by the Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, the National Transport and Safety Authority, KeNHA and the Kenya Police.

Yesterday, Rongai Traffic Base Commander Alex Mumo, cited lack of road signs as a major cause of road accidents in Salgaa area.

Mumo said truck drivers from neighbouring countries may not know the topography of the road, hence the need for road signs.

He however warned members of the public against vandalism, saying the move was costing road agencies and tax payers billions of shillings.

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