– As Delta Police launch ‘ember-month’ special traffic control campaign
DELTA State Police Command has vowed to prevent the avoidable seasonal gridlock recorded particularly at the Asaba end of the Niger Bridge during the Christmas and New Year season. The command stated this yesterday during the flagging off of its special Christmas Traffic Control Management at the Niger Bridge (Asaba end) by the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim. Ibrahim noted that as part of measures to achieve the objective of ensuring a gridlockfree traffic into and from Asaba during the critical ‘Embermonth’ period, a mobile court would be on hand to try drivers who violated traffic regulations.
The commissioner, who was represented at the brief ceremony at the Asaba end of the bridge by Mr Undie Adie, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the Delta State Police Command, said “no stone will be left unturned in our determination to ensure steady flow of traffic here during the Yuletide.” He disclosed that the command had assembled a combined team of policemen, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, the Delta State Traffic Management, DESTMA, Nigeria Security and Civil and Defence Corps, as well as mobile court comprising juridical officials, to carry out the intensive traffic control management on the Niger Bridge at yuletide.
The decision to embark on the campaign was necessitated by the observation of serious seasonal traffic gridlocks at the stretch between the Niger Bridge and Asaba metropolis on the Benin-Asaba Expressway, which often disrupt social and economic activities of both travellers and residents. According to Ibrahim, “During the Christmas, there is always an irritating gridlock here, which forces many travellers from the eastern part of the country and those travelling from Lagos and other parts of the country. However, we put heads together and decided to do something about it. “We discovered that there are many u-turns here. Numerous drivers often take advantage of the u-turns to run against
traffic, thereby complicating the traffic situation. But we intend to manage the situation so that even when the traffic is not fast-flowing, it would be moving steadily throughout the Yuletide.” The CP also appealed to passengers in vehicles plying the road to discourage their drivers from disobeying traffic rules and regulations and thereby endangering the lives of the travellers and other road users. Meanwhile, the state police has assured that it has reached out to the state Ministry of Works and the state Direct Labour Agency, DLA, to carry out some repairs on several failed portions of the dualcarriage way to aid the smooth flow of traffic.