The Federal Road Safety Commission on Tuesday urged politicians and their supporters to desist from covering road signs with posters, saying the action is inimical to safety on roads.
The Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Ogun and Lagos States, Mr Godwin Ogagaoghene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that safety on roads was the responsibility of everyone.
Ogagaoghene said the habit of covering road signs with posters was dangerous to the safety of road users and all hands must be on deck to stop the practice.
“The signs are there but the politicians’ posters and obituary posters have covered them from being seen.
“All the speed limit signs and other road furniture that give warnings, information and direction have been blocked with posters.
“We should leave them open to safeguard the lives of people using roads, especially during this time when vehicular movement has increased because of the forthcoming festive season”, Ogagaoghene said.
He described the culture of destroying traffic lights and road signs with protests as unacceptable.
Also speaking, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the commission, Mr Hyginus Omeje, said that covering road signs with posters usually become worse during election periods.
“We want to condemn every act of covering road furniture with posters. We always witness this during electioneering campaigns and politicians have started releasing their posters.
“I want to appeal to the politicians not to use these posters to cover traffic signs. It is very important that we allow these signs to be visible for our safety.
“It is an act of wickedness to use posters to cover road signs that government used the tax payers’ money to install for the purpose of guiding motorists.
“The signs are there to caution motorists so as to reduce avoidable losses on the road”, Omeje told NAN.
The sector commander urged the motoring public to be more proactive on issues that have to do with the safety of lives and property on our roads.