It was an embarrassing moment yesterday at the National Assembly complex as power failure forced the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr BabatundeFashola to delay his presentation for about 10 minutes.
This came as members of the House lamented the frequent rate of road accidents and crashes involving motorists, pedestrians and other road users in the country.
The incident occurred at a public hearing of the House Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission bothering on two referrals: “A Bill for an Act to Amend the FRSC Act 2007 to Prescribe Certain Traffic Offences and Their Penalties and For Other Matters Connected Therewith, 2015” and a “Motion on Non- Enforcement of the Conditions for the Establishment, Registration and Operation of Driving Schools by The FRSC”.
The mild drama ensued as Fashola walked into the venue at about 12.58pm and could not make his way to his seat as the power source to the House Conference Hall 028 venue of the hearing went off immediately and lasted for over ten minutes.
In his latter presentation, the minister expressed concerns about safety of lives on the roads and noted that the law prescribes driving in a prescribed manner.
He extolled the sponsor of the bill, Hon. Adams Jagaba for proposing the amendments to the FRSC Act 2007.
Fashola pointed out that the frequent flouting of this prescription results in accidents, stressing that driving without concerns over the safety of other road users was a key factor in all road crashes.
In addition to prescribing high penalties for road offences, the minister urged the lawmakers to consider other punitive sanctions such as community service for road offenders.
He explained that sending offenders to jail does not correct these offences.
Declaring the event open on behalf of the Speaker, Hon.YakubuDogara, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. YunusaAbubakar noted that government has the primary responsibility to protect lives and properties of its citizens.
Abubakar expressed regret that approximately 1.4 million people die yearly as a result of road traffic crashes, adding that road traffic accident is the leading cause of deaths among the youth population.

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