By Elijah Ugani
The Obudu Legislative Council has decried some unhealthy practices in the council which they say constitute a threat to public safety and interest. The lawmakers also vowed to take measures that will ensure that some of these unwholesome practices are addressed to safe guard the health of the public in Obudu.
In a recent sitting of the Council, members decried the speed bumps constructed along the Obudu-Ogoja highway by the management of Royal Youth Academy Igwo-Obudu.
In an interactive session with the proprietor, Dr. David B. Ugal, the lawmakers sought to know why the bumps were constructed stressing that the enquiry has become pertinent owing to the alarming rate of accidents caused by the bumps located at the foot middle of a steep hill.
In his reaction, the Proprietor thanked the lawmakers for the opportunity granted him to have an interface with them, “the school had been there for a couple of years without the bumps, but now that the school has developed, we now have the nursery/primary section, our school pupils had often been knocked down by commercial cyclists (Okada), this prompted the management to seek for approval for the construction of the bombs. Our road users are careless and reckless and so do not read road signs, we mounted road signs from both direction 100ms away, showing that there are bombs ahead, yet they don’t take note of it”.
He however stressed that the materials specified are not the ones used, and disclosed to the lawmakers that, arrangements are underway with Leophina Construction Company for the Construction of the proper speed breakers.
“The delay is due to the fact that the Administrative Secretary of Leophina Construction Company travelled, as soon as he is back, we will begin something”
The legislators urged the Proprietor to ensure that the right specification for the speed brakers is achieved.
The law makers in another development noted with dismay the rate at which livestock are brought into the market for public consumption. The called on the Veterinary Doctors to critically examine the cows that are slaughtered on daily basis before members of the public purchase the meat for consumption.
One of the lawmakers noted that “some of the livestock are sick and malnourished, our neighboring communities bring in meat from Benue State in sack bags, no one knows what is the condition and state of this meat, and so the need for proper check and examination of these goods is expedient.”
The House charged the Committee on Agricultural and Natural Resources to investigate and report to plenary in the next sitting.
Members also expressed dissatisfaction over the habit of commercial motorcyclists which often constitutes traffic jam at the Federal College of Education F.C.E. gate.
Stressing that “there is no park at F.C.E. gate and so no cyclist is to wait there for whatsoever reason, as soon as you drop your passenger, you have to leave, but that is not the case here, the pedestrians finds it sometimes very difficult to assess that gate due to the blockade caused by the commercial motorcyclists”.
They called on the leadership of the Commercial Cyclist Union (C.C.U.) Obudu to press their members to desist from this act to avoid breakdown of law and order.
The lawmakers also queried the double lane parking along Calabar Road in Obudu, arguing that it constitutes congestion and warned vehicle owners to refrain from parking at the spot.
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