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Easter: Enugu ministry deploys 300 for special traffic control

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The Enugu State Ministry of Transports says it will deploy no fewer than 300 traffic officers to ensure ease flow of traffic in this Easter period.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Ogbonna Idike, disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday in Enugu.

Idike said that the special Easter traffic control operation had been code-named: “Obedience to Traffic Rules the Way to Life”.

He said that the operation would last for 10 days; thus, starting on April 13 and ending on April 22.

He noted that the traffic officers would only work in all transit and link roads in major metropolises within the state.

According to him, apart from easing of traffic along major internal corridors in the state, they will involve in removing obstructions on the road and ensure maintenance of lane discipline among motorists.

He revealed that the ministry would deploy its traffic patrol vehicles, tow trucks and motorcycles to ensure proper monitoring of the roads as well as assist travelers and motorists get to their destination on time.

“Over 300 traffic officers in the Enugu State Traffic Management Agency (ESTMA) under the ministry will be involved in intensive traffic control this Easter festive period.

“They will only work inside roads in major metropolises of the state and be working on morning and afternoon shifts commencing from 6a.m. to 8p.m. daily.

“The traffic officers will be concentrating in the major metropolises as we are anticipating a large volume of vehicular traffic as well as high volume of social activities this period,” he said.

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He said that the ministry had invited various transport unions and stakeholders to a crucial meeting to ensure total compliance and success of the operation early next week.

The permanent secretary said that the ministry would be working in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army.

“The ministry urges military and para-military formations and agencies in the state to continue to partner with us as we ensure traffic flow for the benefit of all residing in the state,” he said.

Idike also thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his encouragement to the ministry especially for logistics support for its programmes and operations.

“We are also commending our amiable governor for the approval of training of 20 traffic officers of the ministry at the prestigious FRSC Academy, Udi, for two weeks,” he added.

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