Gov. Otu Flags off 2023 ‘Ember Months’ Campaign for Safer Roads


The Governor of Cross River State Sen. Prince Bassey Edet Otu has admonished the public to use the road responsibly and abide by established regulations.

The State Governor was duly represented by the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem, who joined other members of the Militar, Paramilitary Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, and Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) among other stakeholders to officially Kick off the 2023 Ember Months Campaign Organised by the Federal Road Safety Corp, Cross River Sector Command which held today 19th of October 2023 in Calabar. 

The Speaker, while addressing the gathering, thanked His Excellency for finding him worthy to represent him, and extended the Governor’s Sincerest apologies for not being physically present, as he was preoccupied with other essential duties.

Ayambem, however, added that the Cross River State Government is fully supporting the campaign for safer roads, especially within the festive periods, adding that the State seeks to record zero casualties. 

He further commended the Leadership of the Federal Road Safety Corp for the job well done and the particular theme “SPEED THRILLS BUT IT KILLS, DRIVE RESPONSIBLY AND AVOID OVERLOADING”.

He stress that it was the Mind of His Excellency to ensure that every family experiences the joy of having all of their loved ones return safely home and that all road users owed each other the collective responsibility to use the road rightly, avoiding overspeeding, and reckless driving. 

He commended the Leadership of the Federal Road Safety Officers Wives Association who also pledged to advocate for safe driving to their fellow women and all as it was the collective responsibility of all to ensure that the message was effectively and properly understood, since families often have to bear the brunt from the losses that occasion irresponsible driving.

In a remark, the Zonal Commanding Officer RS6HQ ACM Jonathan Owaode thanked His Excellency for gracing the event and lending his support to this year’s campaign. Adding that his presence gave the command the necessary boast to not just advocate for safe and responsible road usage but also apprehend road offenders who might seek to violate the established rules. 

He thanked the Speaker for availing himself and prayed for a peaceful and safe yuletide.