Benin monarch seeks use of local languages to educate drivers

From Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin

THE Oba of Benin, Omo N'Oba N'Edo Ukuakpolokpolo Erediauwa, has called for the use of local languages and Pidgin English in the education of drivers on the regulations of driving to remove carnage from the highways.
He said that using Pidgin English and local languages in the transmission of traffic rules was necessary, because according to him, most Nigerians understand the language more than the conventional English.

There have been accidents along the highways in Edo and neighbouring states, the latest being the one that occurred along the Benin-Auchi Road last Friday which resulted in the death of an unidentified passenger.
Oba Erediauwa gave the advice at the weekend in his palace when he donated a cup to the Sector Commander of Benin Zone, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Bulius Darwang, for presentation to the best driver of the year.

According to the monarch, "the removal of carnage from the nation's highways can be done by educating our drivers and erecting sign-posts on the highways that will serve as a guide to road-users".

The Benin monarch, who regretted the absence of road signs on many Nigerian highways, recalled that road signs had always been directives to motorists on where there were slopes and bends along the highways.

He said he was worried by the alarming rate of deaths on the roads, urging authorities of the commission to, as a matter of urgency, remove broken-down vehicles on the roads as they also contribute to road accidents.
Darwang said the commission was working on a plan that would make much difference when it is made public.

He added that the competition for the best driver would go a long way in sanitising the drivers' attitude. He did not, however, disclose how the competition would run.

While thanking the monarch for the donation, the sector commander assured that the commission was making arrangements to educate motorists using different Nigerian languages through the mass media.

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