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Nigeria: FG to harmonise road signage in 36 States
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By Theo Adegoke
July 17, 2017 10:40:52am GMT      |      Views: 806

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria has decried the longtime neglects of road signs in the country, saying it had completed plans to harmonise road signage and markings in the 36 states.

Speaking at the commencement of 23rd national council meeting on works in Abuja, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (FMPWH), Alhaji Mohammed Bukar said, through the reviewed highway design manual, states will be encouraged to adopt the new strategy to enhance value of road infrastructure nationwide.

Represented by the ministry's Director of Highway, Planning and Development, Engr. Chukwunike Uzo, he disclosed that the ministry will commence the rollout of signage within the stretches of completed federal road projects next month.

He said the Minister of FMPWH, Babatunde Fashola had issued the directive, stressing that the decision became imperative to assist road users, especially visitors in line with international best standards.

"This is one of the most positive council meetings. It is so sad that we have over looked road signage. All along, our focus has been on the big pictures and we forgot the little thing that could impact, change and add value to our road works,” he said.

"We want to take our destiny in our hands, provide this facility to our people to make our country visitor friendly and enhance value of the road infrastructure."

He said the four-day conference will address issues surrounding road signage nationwide. The conference was themed, "Adequate traffic signage - an essential key for highways infrastructure, safety and comfort."

The meeting provided forum for all stakeholders in the works sector to deliberate on issues concerning the sector for the essence of initiating decisions on best approaches to solve the problems associated with construction and maintenance of highways in the country.

In his remarks, Deputy Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kayode Olagunju disclosed readiness of the commission to commence production of the road signage boards once it get directive from the federal government.

He said the Corps had strong partnership with the ministry and was capable of producing adequate signs for the roads.

Olagunju said that the road signs were designed to inform, direct, guide and warn road users in case of imminent dangers on the road.

He said, "We are aware of certain laws we need to probably change because they may not be in line with the 1968 road signing but those we produce in FRSC are of standards and in line with the convention." 

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