The Nigerian government on Friday warned motorists against possible road disasters in the country as heavy rain is expected to lash the country.

Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, a senior official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who gave the warning, also advised motorists to ensure that their tyres are in good condition during the rainy season, to reduce mishaps to the barest minimum.

Oguntoyinbo, the unit commander in Sango-Ota, spoke at a rally to mark the United Nations Safety Week in Ota area of southwest state of Ogun.

The UN Road Safety Week which commenced on May 6, would end in May 12.

The 2019 celebration coincided with the West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) Day which was held on May 8.

Oguntoyinbo told reporters that the UN Road Safety Week is an annual event aimed at improving safety on roads globally.

“We implore all motorists to drive cautiously, shun the use of fairly used tyres and cell phones, as we mark the 2019 UN global week on Road Safety,” he added.

Oguntoyinbo, who urged motorists to be extra cautious, especially at construction sites, said the road body was taking new measures to enhance the safety of road users in the rainy season.

The rainy season in Nigeria typically starts from March or April, and ends between October and November, depending on what region of the country it is, it can cause floods and landslides which damage roads and houses. Enditem

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