Edo strengthens traffic management in Benin, to acquire tow trucks, install a bus stop, others | The Guardian Nigeria News
• Extends EDSTMA operations to Auchi, Uromi, Ekpoma, others
The Edo state government said it was buying more tow trucks and installing bus stop signs and traffic lights to bolster the response of the Traffic Control and Management Agency. Edo State (EDSTMA) to traffic management in the Benin metropolis.
EDSTMA Director General Dennis Oloriegbe, who spoke to reporters in Benin City, noted that the agency’s operations have been extended to Auchi, Uromi and Ekpoma and would be extended to the hinterland. from the metropolis, including Ugbor.
He said that in addition to carrying out the basic function of traffic management, the agency was able to reduce the threat of trafficking by 50%, adding: “For 2022 there is a need to expand to Okada and Owan axes. We will also extend to the hinterland of the Beninese metropolis, such as the Ugbor area, which includes the first and second Ugbor.
Noting that EDSTMA was receiving more tow trucks to increase efficiency and professionalism, Oloriegbe added: “We are starting the installation of bus stops having identified such. We want passengers to be able to identify their bus stops. This would stop the threat of drivers stopping on the road anyway.
“Before the end of January, we were starting the installation. What we are doing now is production. We offer signs for bus stops with the names of these bus stops. A driver should be able to call out a name to which a passenger responds and not stop haphazardly everywhere. This is one of the fundamental causes of traffic jams in Benin.
The EDSTMA boss reiterated that the level of awareness among drivers last year was high with the promulgation of road transport policies, in particular with the construction of the Obhakhavwaye central transport terminal, noting that “modalities have been made. been put in place to educate drivers in this park and other parks about the dangers of driving against the tide.
He said: “We built a synergy with Uselu Mental Hospital, which was strange for the drivers. We had to educate them that it was just to assess the mental health of offenders. It is not a punitive measure for all drivers as it was wrongly believed. We made them aware that drivers simply have to obey the laws. If they obey the law, they will not be harassed or arrested.