The Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, has inaugurated the state road safety advisory council to tackle the growing incidence of road crashed in the state.

Inaugurating the council in Gombe on Tuesday, the governor said it should devise strategies for curbing auto accidents across the length and breadth of the state.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Manassah Jatau, expressed confidence that road crashes would soon become a thing of the past in the state.

He explained that the council would, among others, establish a central database for road traffic accidents to assist in working out a workable strategy for dealing with the issue.

The council is also to review and upgrade road designs and standards; and promote the construction and maintenance of the state road network to meet the mobility and access to all road users.

Yahaya said the council was to engage in a comprehensive inspection of all vehicles and develop a strategy for the sensitisation of the public through awareness campaigns.

He also said it should work out modalities to ensure “improved responsiveness to post crash emergencies and identification and deployment of funds to identified strategic initiatives.”

The Gombe Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Godwin Omiko, said the state represented the North-East zone in the National Road Safety Advisory Council.

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