Nigeria: Enugu State Unveils High-Tech Vehicle Inspection Centre to Boost Road Safety

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The Enugu State government has inaugurated a state-of-the-art, computerized vehicle inspection service centre, marking a significant advancement in road safety and environmental protection in the region. This innovative facility, the first of its kind in Nigeria, was officially launched by Governor Peter Mbah, represented by the Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Obi Ozor.

At the unveiling ceremony, Dr. Ozor emphasized the importance of the new inspection centre, urging all vehicle owners and transporters to ensure their vehicles are certified roadworthy. “This facility is a testament to our administration’s commitment to ensuring road safety, protecting the environment, and enhancing the overall well-being of our citizens,” he stated.

The vehicle inspection centre is equipped with cutting-edge technology designed to provide comprehensive and accurate inspections of vehicles. Governor Mbah highlighted that this initiative represents a new chapter in transportation safety and efficiency for Enugu State. “This facility symbolizes our dedication to modernizing state infrastructure and improving the quality of life for our residents,” he remarked.

The modern inspection centre is expected to significantly reduce road accidents caused by faulty vehicles and decrease harmful emissions, contributing to a healthier environment. “We are optimistic that this initiative will make our roads safer and our environment cleaner,” Dr. Ozor added.

Motorists have been advised against using the roads if their vehicles have not undergone the mandatory inspection. Private vehicle owners are required to have their vehicles inspected annually, while commercial vehicles must undergo the inspection bi-annually. This move aims to ensure that only roadworthy vehicles are allowed on the roads, thereby reducing the risk of accidents and mechanical failures.

The launch of the vehicle inspection service centre has garnered support from various stakeholders, including the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Association of Mass Transport Operators (AMTO). Corps Commander Sokumbi Adeyemi, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Enugu, underscored the facility’s potential to decrease the number of mechanically deficient vehicles on the road. He urged all vehicle owners to endorse and utilize the new facility.

Similarly, Mr. Francis Ede, the Secretary of AMTO in Enugu State, highlighted the critical role of mass transport operators in leveraging the facility to enhance road safety. “This is a great opportunity for our association to ensure that all mass transport vehicles are inspected and certified roadworthy, contributing to safer roads for everyone,” he stated.

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