Lagos Commissioner tasks clerics, transport unions on road safety

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs has urged Clerics and Transport Unions on the continuous sensitisation of their followers on basic Road Safety concepts.

Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef who gave this indication against the backdrop of the general believe that road crashes are very prominent during the ‘Ember’ months, urged people not to panic or live in fear during this period as they ply the highways.

Dangers inherent in over speeding
The Commissioner called on Clerics to dedicate some minutes of their pulpit teachings to sensitise religious faithful on the dangers inherent in over speeding and disobedience to traffic laws.

Dr Abdullateef who described the belief that ember months comes with evils arising most especially from road accidents as myths and fallacy saying that most road accidents were caused by human errors and disobedience to traffic rules and regulations.

Sales of alcohol at motor parks
“I want to implore Pastors and Imams as critical stakeholders and partners of the government to join in the sensitisation of the public to ensuring safety of road users as part of their sermons should address this,” he advised.

He explained that ember months are like every other Gregorian months that require people to be security conscious of happenings around them.

The Commissioner who frowned at the sales of alcohol at motor parks also challenged transport unions to embark on continuous orientation of their members to achieve safety on the roads during Ember months and others.

He mentioned that there are numerous harmful medical effects of alcohol consumption, aside from its imminent exposure of innocent commuters to dangers when a driver drives under the influence of alcohol.


Lateefah Ibrahim