By Davies Iheamnachor, Port-Harcourt
The Federal Highway Traffic Safety Corps, FRSC, has committed to shutting down engine parks in and around Rivers State that circumvent the existing COVID-19 protocol.
Rivers State FRSC sector commander Salisu Galadunci, who spoke to reporters in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said each of the rules was aimed at slowing the spread of the pandemic in the state.
Galadunci stated that FRSC has noted with dismay that passengers have refused to wear their masks before leaving their homes to travel, noting that the body would work with the relevant agencies to ensure that this attitude stopped.
He urged auto park operators to take the warning seriously, assigning that the measure was to prevent the spread of the virus in the state, especially in light of the second wave of the pandemic.
FRS C chief said: “We have repeatedly reported the need for park operators and passengers to comply with Covid-19 rules due to what we have observed in the state. If any vehicle fleet does not comply or refuses to comply with the Covid-19 rules, we have given the green light to close it.
“We will call the police, we will call everyone and we will close it until they are ready to comply with the rules.”
He maintained that COVID-19 was real having been scientifically proven, adding that those who do not believe in its existence should not risk the lives of others.
Galadunci said: “We will not allow people to suffer and die as a result of that. The question of whether or not you believe it does not even arise here. This is something that is scientifically proven and we are seeing what is happening in Europe and other parts of the world.
“Nobody should fool themselves that we have hot weather or whatever, no. Wash your hands often, wear a mask, and other simple guidelines to protect yourself and others. “