The Edo State Government, through the state’s Public Works Volunteers, embarked on massive sensitization across the Benin metropolis, to enlighten motorists and other road users on the need to ensure compliance with traffic signs.
The PUWOV team also intensified the placement of caution signs in strategic locations in the Benin metropolis, in line with the directive of the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to ensure sanity across the state.
The caution signs had various inscriptions including ‘No Packing’, ‘No Picking of Passengers’, ‘No U-Turn’ and ‘No Dropping of Passengers’, among others. The caution signs were placed in strategic locations in Benin City, including New Benin, 3rd East Circular, Aduwawa, Ramat, Agip, Oliha, Uselu, Egor, and Oluku, among others.
Speaking on behalf of the PUWOV State Commander, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, PUWOV Director of Operations, Mr Sylvester Omijie, said the signs are to create awareness and educate the drivers to ensure safety and sanity on the roads, especially during the festivities period.
He said, “We have been doing this quarterly during the year, providing caution signs to educate drivers on were not to pick passengers, were not to drop passengers and areas not to make U-Turns. However, after placing these signs in these areas, we discover that touts and hoodlums remove these signs from the roads for their personal reason and use, hence, we are now force to drop the caution signs in the morning and pick them up in the evening. We beg the general public to obliged to this road signs and rules to enable us have sanity in the state and avoid crashes.