The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa State Sector Command, has cautioned commercial drivers coming into and going out of the state against non-availability of their passengers’ manifest.
Mr Ahmed Mohammed, the FRSC Sector Commander in the State, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia.
Mohammed said that stringent steps would be taken to prevent commercial drivers from travelling into the state without producing the document.
He said that with the increase in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and Nigeria, passengers’ manifest remained a vital information document for tracing those who might have come in contact with an infected person.
According to him, hence the need for commercial drivers, especially those plying interstate routes, to always be in possession of the document.
“The passengers’ manifest will go a long way in helping health officials to trace those in contact with those infected with the virus to curb its spread,” he said.
Mohammed said that the emphasis on passengers’ manifest was one of the steps taken by FRSC to curb the spread of the virus in the state and the country at large.
He stated that the command had already made its position clear on the issue at its stakeholders’ meeting recently in Lafia.
The official said that the document was also useful in contacting the relations of passengers involved in accident.
“So, we are working hard to change the narrative by enlightening them on the importance of the passengers’ manifest in their vehicles at all times,” the FRSC official said.
He said that efforts were being made by the sector command to discourage drivers from picking up passengers by the road side in the state.
Mohammed cited the wearing of face masks, handwashing, social distancing and use of sanitisers as necessary and supported by the stakeholders at the meeting to curb the spread of the virus in Nasarawa.
“FRSC feels that there is need for us to collaborate with transport officials, to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to, in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.
“If anyone is not ready to obey the protocols, then, the person is not to be allowed into the motor parks.
“We agreed that all operators must ensure that physical distancing is enforced, hand sanitisers are available and passengers have their face masks on at all times,” he said.
Mohammed added that the state’s FRSC Sector command would continue to collaborate with the state judiciary to organise mobile courts from time to time. (NAN)