The National Emergency Management Agency has said that the 2017 Yuletide recorded “90 per cent auto accident-free cases” in Imo and Abia states.
The agency said it was as a result of professional operational measures it put in place with the help of other disaster management agencies and stakeholders.
The Coordinator of Imo and Abia operations of NEMA, Evans Ugoh, while recounting the successes recorded by the agency during the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the states, said the agency would continue to partner with sister organisations to make sure that motorists and travellers did not run into dangers.
He said, “We were able to record this huge success through our operation Eagle Eye and the efforts of various response agencies.
“With Operation Eagle Eye, we covered all the identified flashpoint routes in Imo and Abia states, which include the Owerri-Aba Road, Owerri- Onitsha Road, Owerri-Umuahia Road, Owerri-Okigwe Road, among others,” Ugoh said.
He regretted that the only notable accident during the Yuletide in Imo and Abia states was the multiple auto crash along the Owerri-Aba Road.
According to him, military men and the operatives of Federal Road Safety Corps were on hand to assist the victims.
“I commend various response agencies for collaborating with NEMA to tackle road challenges especially during the Christmas and New Year celebration,” Ugo said.
He gave assurances of the willingness of the agency to strengthen its inter-agency relationship with various stakeholders in tackling road challenges, especially auto crashes.
“In 2018 like always, NEMA will continue to focus on activities that will guarantee public safety and reduction of emergencies on our roads. Drivers are urged to avoid reckless driving, speeding, answering phone calls while on the steering and other acts that are against decent driving,” Ugo advised.
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