Zakari Isah - Kaduna 

The Commissioner of Public Works and Infrastructure, Kaduna State, Dr Ibrahim Hamza has called for synergy among Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLE and other stakeholders in the transport sector.

Speaking at the KASTLEA's stakeholders Engagement meeting, said the synergy between the authority and transport unions as well as other relevant stakeholders in the state would greatly assist in adherence to various laws.

"It is therefore expedient if not absolutely necessary for the Authority to hold this meeting today to provide the requisite platform for candid discussion on practical measures that would enhance safety on our road".

"Is suffices it to say therefore that to safe lives in our roads we must abide by certain specific tracffick safety laws and regulations, these laws I must say apply and affect everyone on the roads."

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Abdu Na Abdu Ashiru, Dr. Ibrahim lamented the attitudes of some road trafficck personnel for using their positions to deal with traffic offenders contrary to the provisions of the law.

The Public Works Commissioner described that this negative relationship most times was responsible for the serious problems between the traffic enforcement officers and the road users.

Dr. Ibrahim Hamza stressed that it is expedient for the Works Ministry and KASTLEA to hold stakeholder engagement meetings to provide the requisite platform for frank and candid discussions on practicable measures that will enhance safety on our roads.

He that road accidents can be prevented and reduced to the barest minimum by simply adhering to traffic rules and regulations, as well as driving within prescribed speed limits.

Earlier in an opening remarks the Corps Marshall Kaduna State Traffick Law Enforcement Authority KASTLEA, Mrs Carla Abdulmalik described stakeholders' Engagement Meeting as an avenue for promoting understanding of what traffic laws are.

She expressed concern about the emerging trend of incessant blockage of roads by heavy-duty vehicles within the metropolis over mundane and trivial issues.

Mrs Abdulmalik however called on all stakeholders and motorists in the state and even those passing through the state to not only drive with care and good conscience but to also ensure that safety rules and regulations are observed.

On claims of overcharging of traffic offenders by KSTLEA operatives, the Corps Marshall said it is not true.

Also speaking the Kaduna State chairman National Association of Road Transport Owners NARTO, Alhaji Sa’idu Mustapha Basawa decried that some traffic personnel do not work in accordance with the rules and regulations establishing their organizations, thereby causing havoc and unavoidable road mishaps.

He then appealed to governments to repair damaged state and federal highways across the country to reduce carnage.

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