Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has inaugurated the Osun Road Safety Advisory Council with an aim to reduce the incessant road crashes experienced in the state.

Inaugurating the 10-man advisory council in Osogbo on Thursday, the representative of the state governor, the Deputy Governor who is also the Chairman of the Council, Benedict Alabi stated that the mandate of the council was to advise government on how to best ensure sanity on roads across the state.

According to the governor, “Aside advising the government, the Council shall interface with the leadership of the Federal Road Safety Commission in the state in carrying out its responsibilities.”

While stressing that his administration has continued to give road infrastructure the deserved attention, Governor Oyetola appreciated and commended the leadership of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Osun Sector Command for their commitment and excellent service delivery to the state.

In his words, “The command has contributed immensely to the rating of Osun as the most peaceful amongst the federating units.

Oyetola charged the advisory council to carry out its duty efficiently and effectively in order to guarantee the safety of lives on Osun roads.

He also charged the advisory council to strictly enforce the observation of COVID-19 protocols amongst passengers and road users as the road transportation system remained one of the potent sources of contracting the deadly virus.

“The lives, health and safety of the people as well as the ability of the government to perform its security role are intricately linked to a large extent to the way you perform this role at this critical time.

“I would therefore like to take this opportunity to implore the Federal Road Safety Corps to enforce COVID-19 protocols, especially at this time when the deadly Delta variant has assumed a more virulent and fatal dimension. This is the time to put life above pecuniary considerations.”

Earlier in his address, the Secretary to the Advisory Council and Osun Sector Commander of the FRSC, Paul Okpe, had stated that the initiative would further guarantee safety on the roads and reduce the rate of mishaps on highways across Nigeria.

Members of the council include the State Commissioners for Works/Transport, Health, Justice, Education, Finance and Environment ment.

Others are the representatives of the State Planning Commission and the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).

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