Senator Domingo Obende Calls On FG To Ban Night Travelling
Mindful of the inherent dangers of travelling at night on the road, including armed robbery and accidents, Senator Domingo Obende has called on the Federal Government to ban it. He said it has become urgent that the government through the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) should prevail on night travellers to switch to daytime journeys until the situation on the roads improve.
Obende, who spoke with Newsextra in Lagos, said it is really sad that Nigerians are being killed in the most gruesome manner after they being dispossessed of their belongings by robbers. The Senator noted that it is too callous an act for robbers to ask their victims to lie down on the road after dispossessing them of their valuables only for an on-coming vehicle to run over them. He therefore urged the FRSC to impose stiff penalties on any transport firm that has the penchant of embarking on night journeys.
He said: “The FRSC should penalise offenders of night journey prohibition until we have very good roads with cameras and streetlight to protect our lives and property. “Security lapses have also contributed to lack of safety on our roads.”
“If government has the political will to address some of the basic needs of the people, especially security, lives will be saved.”
Continuing, he said: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. If the youth are encouraged to take to farming, they won’t think of taking to robbery because they will be gainfully employed.” He stressed that government should seriously look into the issue of security, and engage the Boko Haram sect in constructive dialogue in order to move the country forward. This, he said, will prevent the country from being listed as a terrorist nation.
“The world is watching how we are handling our security challenges.