College students Union Authorities of the Nnamdi Azikiwe College, Awka, Anambra state has expressed fear over recklessness of economic bus drivers plying inside the faculty and its environs.
Director of Transport within the establishment, Mmesirionye Patrick acknowledged this on Saturday in the course of the 1st Annual Transport Summit, themed, “A Good Transport Community: A Panacea to Accident Minimization”.
He mentioned the ugly development has led to elevated circumstances of highway crashes with attendant lack of lives of scholars and employees of the college.
In response to him, the establishment misplaced three college students and a employees inside three months, blaming the deaths on overspeeding by the drivers, a lot of who he mentioned, lack fundamental coaching.
He mentioned the Summit was to handle incidences of highway accidents and different challenges confronting transportation within the college.
“We determined to prepare this Summit in collaboration with the state authorities, Federal Highway Security Corps (FRSC), Johnbosco Onunkwo Basis and different related stakeholders to sensitize and educate drivers on correct highway utilization.
“Most drivers of the shuttle buses that ply inside the faculty and environs don’t solely lack fundamental coaching, however drive recklessly.
READ ALSO: UNIZIK Regulation graduate kills brother
“Since a lot of the buses have computerized gear, they really feel there’s no want for coaching so long as the buses are straightforward to drive.
“A few of them pace so far as 80km per hour even inside the faculty setting, as an alternative of the stipulated pace restrict of 40km.”
Mmesirionye additionally lamented excessive price of transportation fare college students have been subjected to, blaming it on excessive price of Internally Generated Income (IGR) by the state authorities.
“Some drivers pay as much as N800 each day as income in addition to the each day remittances they make to the homeowners of the buses. So that they don’t have possibility than to hike fares,” he added.
Earlier, the FRSC Sector Commander within the state, Andrew Kumapayi known as for attitudinal change amongst motorists, together with alcohol and medicines consumption earlier than driving.
Kumapayi, represented by the Public Training Officer, Pascal Anigbo careworn the necessity for passengers to make sure roadworthiness of the automobiles earlier than boarding.
One of many audio system, Chief Engr. Johnbosco Onunkwo, maintained that discount in highway crashes was a collective duty of the federal government, regulators and the motoring public.
Onunkwo, founder and Chief Govt Officer, Johnbosco Onunkwo Basis, pledged to erect new bus stand for the establishment, which the scholars described as their largest risk and that of the college employees and bus drivers.