The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC Osun State command has blamed the incessant accidents on deplorable roads, and the attitude of the road users.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Paul Okpe said this during an enlightenment campaign organised for commercial motorcyclists and motorcycle auto technicians in Osogbo, the state capital.
Mr Okpe pointed out that some of the poor attitudes of people responsible for accidents included impatience, intolerance, and use of substandard spare parts.
While noting that there is a considerable reduction in motorcyclists accidents in Osun State, the FRSC boss said the agency would continue to embark on regular public awareness programmes to sensitise those involve in the business.
“We are working with motorcycle mechanics because of their closeness to the motorcyclists. They owe a duty to ensure the safety of their customers so that when they repair motorcycles, they would handle it with much care because technical errors are also responsible for accidents”. He said
Also speaking, an Osogbo-based spare part expert, Pastor Emmanuel Eze stressed the need for regular sensitisation to stop the menace of illicit drug use among commercial motorcycles.
Pastor Eze noted that most of the accidents that had resulted in fatalities were avoidable, but for the use of enhancers by motorcyclists, particularly the young ones.
“It is important to remind our people regularly that they have a duty to protect themselves and their passengers by being careful and avoiding drugs. There is nothing wrong with ember months, we only demonize it by our impatience”. Mr Eze stressed.
He charged motorcycle technicians to desist from encouraging their customers to use substandard spare parts because they are cheap, adding that they must insist their customers pay for the standard.
In response, the Chairman of the motorcycle technicians, Osogbo branch, Mr Emmanuel Shittu pledged that his members would adhere to the use of quality spare parts.
Mr Shittu appealed to the FRSC to commercial motorcyclists to always use their protective helmets to prevent fatalities in case of accidents.
Some of the Okada riders who spoke thanked the FRSC for organising the sensitisation exercise, urging the commission to do such a programme regularly.