Awka – Over a hundred youth volunteers have been trained by the Anambra State Ministry of Transport to assist officers of the State Traffic Management Agency (ATMA) and other agencies in traffic control and management this yuletide.
The one day training held on Thursday, at Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, was conducted by officials of the Federal oad Safety Corps (FRSC) and ATMA, on basic traffic rules and control.
The volunteers were youths under the auspices of Ohaneze Ndigbo, drawn from various Communities in Anambra state and are expected to help the state consolidate on the achievements recorded in traffic control.
In the past few days, traffic gridlock has started building up across parts of the state due to heavy vehicular movement in the wake of the Christmas festivities.
Speaking at the workshop, the Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Afam Mbanefo appreciated the youths for volunteering to serve the state as volunteers.
Mbanefo noted that Anambra being the gateway state into the East, some South South and North Central states, records heavy vehicular and human traffics during festive seasons and called on motorists to obey simple traffic rules for the common good.
He revealed that the initiative came as the Ministry sought for ways to intensify traffic control activities across the state, urging the volunteers to see the program as a call to duty.
In his words, “we have planned for 2020 traffic control in Anambra state, having identified all the traffic hot spots. ATMA and other sister traffic agencies have already been deployed to those hot spots and are already doing a wonderful work. However, we continue to experience vehicular movements into Anambra state through the headbridge as expected and planned for, and we expect those vehicular movements to shift to Anambra communities from 27th of December. We have trained these Volunteer Youths to complement the efforts of ATMA and other sister agencies in ensuring free flow of traffic in all the hot spots in Anambra Communities. We want Ndi Anambra to enjoy free flow of traffic during this Ember month and beyond, we call on the Youth volunteer to see this as call to duty.”
On his part, the leader of the volunteers and Anambra State President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu expressed gratitude to the state government for its support to the Youths, and for the resolve in ensuring that traffic trauma experienced during Christmas period, is reduced to the barest minimum for the comfort of Anambra people and Nigerians coming into State.
Mazi Chukwuma appreciated the security agencies for providing security back up to the team which he observed will help the volunteers greatly.
In his remarks, a volunteer, Chiejina Obieze assured on behalf of the trained Youth volunteers to discharge their duties to the satisfaction on Ndi Anambra.