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Politics | Imo Assembly considers motion to Enforce availability of First Aid Boxes in Vehicles

Imo Assembly considers motion to Enforce availability of First Aid Boxes in Vehicles

Imo Assembly considers motion to Enforce availability of First Aid Boxes in Vehicles

All is set for Imo State House Of Assembly to ensure the Safety of Commuters and other road users by enforcing availability of First Aid boxes in all commercial and corporate vehicles in the state.

This followed a Motion moved by the Member Representing Aboh Mbaise State Constituency, Hon Chief Eddy Obinna, during plenary on Tuesday (14/06/2022).

The motion entitled : "MOTION TO URGE THE MINISTRIES OF TRANSPORT, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH TO COLLABORATE FOR THE SAFETY OF COMMUTERS AND IMO ROAD USERS BY ENFORCING THE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST AID BOXES IN ALL COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE VEHICLES IN IMO STATE" was seconded by Hon Barrister Dominic Ezerioha, Member Representing Oru West State Constituency.

Defending the motion, the Chief Sponsor, Hon Chief Eddy Obinna explained that it was borne out of the desire for public safety, and to ensure that minor mishap, clashes and accidents involving commuters are considerably reduced, that gave rise to the motion. He noted that since there are no enforcement of the availability, and on the use and application of First Aid by drivers on accident victims, many lives have been lost before getting to the nearest hospitals. Also since Most times, accidents occur on locations where there are no nearby hospitals, he urged his colleagues to support the Motion which will go a long way in ensuring safety of lives and property.

Hon Chief Eddy Obinna revealed that such States as Enugu, Lagos, Edo etc, have standard laws guiding commuter safety. He therefore prayed the House to urge the Ministries of Transport, Public Safety and Health to collaborate for the safety of commuters and other road users by enforcing the availability of First Aid boxes in all commercial vehicles in the state.

Most Honourable Members who were at Plenary supported the motion, calling for urgent intervention to save the lives and property of Imo citizens, who unfortunately involve in motor accidents in the state.

Among those who spoke supporting the motion include ;

A. Hon Engr Johnson Duru (Ideato South)

B. Hon Barrister Dominic Ezerioha (Oru-west)

C. Hon Dr Mrs Uju Onwudiwe (Njaba)

D. Hon Michael Crown Onyemaechi)

E Hon Chidiebere Ogbkunikpa

However, the Deputy Speaker, Rt Honourable Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu opposed that Adhoc Committee be set up for the purpose of enforcing House resolution and use of First Aid boxes. He argued that Adhoc Committee should rather notify and inform relevant Ministries for the Implementation of House resolution.

The Motion was amended to include the mandatory use of Fire extinguishers in vehicles and Enforcment of Training of Drivers on how to use First Aid boxes.

Having carefully listened to the debate on the motion, the Speaker, Rt Honourable Barrister Kennedy Chidozie Ibeh, put the prayers to vote, and the Issssssssssss had it.

Also, a Bill for a Law to Repeal the Laws Authentication Law No. 9 Of 1980 and Enact a Law to make Provisions for the Authentication and Recording Of Laws Passed By The Imo State House Of Assembly, Chiefly Sponsored By the Deputy Speaker, Rt Honourable Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu successfully went through Second Reading, and is now set for Committee Of The Whole House.

The House Adjourned Sitting To Thursday, 16/06/2022.

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