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ASSEMBLY DECRIES INCESSANT INSTALLATION OF SPEED-BREAKERS ON ROADS

Awka-Anambra State House of Assembly on March 17, urged Gov. Willie Obiano to regulate incessant erection installation of speed-breakers on state roads to reduce rate of accidents.

The resolution followed motion sponsored by Mr Noble Igwe representing Ogbaru 1 Constituency.

According to him, motorists, who are not familiar with the road, often lose control of their cars thereby resulting in accidents.

“Speed-breakers or bumps play significant roles in traffic controls as speed reduction help to promote safety of drivers and pedestrians.

“Speed bumps can be installed at strategic points with proper regulations and awareness signs.

“It is worrisome that these speed bumps are double edged swords as they cause accidents instead of preventing it.

“They are being incessantly and illegally erected without caution signs, to regulate specifications, as a result, unsuspecting motorists are thrown off balance by sudden bumps resulting in severe accidents.

“Not all roads in Anambra require speed bumps. The state government through Ministry of Works can check the rate at which bumps are installed on our roads so that the ultimate importance will not be abused,’’ he said.

Mr Nonso Okafor, member representing (Nnewi North) said there were insufficient lighting on the roads, where the speed-breakers had been installed making them undetectable to motorists at nights.

“With regards to international standards, a speed-breaker have to be visible with proper markings and sign boards to alert vehicles about oncoming vehicles ahead; but that is not the case here. So, this needs to be checked,” Okafor said.

Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, member representing (Dunukofia) said that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Works to install speed-breakers and not the responsibility of individuals, landlords or town unions.

“The problem is not the speed-breakers, but their designs and size. Ideally, Ministry of Works should be responsible for constructing them, but in Anambra, anyone does so if they see a lot of traffic on a road.

“The government needs to do something about this trend,” Ezeudu observed.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Paschal Agbodike, who presided over the session, also lamented installation of unauthorised speed-breakers, saying they injure motorists as well as damage vehicles.

“We urge Gov. Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Works to prevent incessant erection of speed-breakers on state roads to prevent accidents,” he said.

Meanwhile, the House congratulated Gov. Obiano as he marked his 6th year in office, pledging to support his administration through qualitative legislation.

Source: Anambra State Government