The Akwa Ibom State Government, on Wednesday, announced the ban on the use of sirens by unauthorised persons in the state and directed law enforcement agents to apprehend defaulters.
The decision was taken during an emergency state executive council meeting held at the Government House, Uyo.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Udoh, who stated this while briefing journalists after the meeting presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel, said the move was to bring sanity and forestall the wrong usage of sirens.
He said the law authorised only governors, their deputies, speakers of state Houses of Assembly and fire fighting vehicles, ambulances and trucks on emergencies to use sirens.
Udoh explained, “The council frowns on the indiscriminate use of sirens by people in the state; the law prescribes that only three people are permitted to use sirens; these persons are the governor, deputy governor and the speaker of the state House of Assembly as well as fire fighting trucks on emergency assignments.
“Every other person, who uses sirens in the state is doing so illegally and the council has also mandated the security agencies to apprehend anyone, who violates this order and bring them to book; the idea is that we need to have a sane society; we need to have a society where there is law and order; we need to have a society where status is respected.”
He added that the council also deliberated on the forthcoming 32nd anniversary of the creation of the state and decided that it would be low-keyed.
The commissioner said the anniversary would feature the inauguration of the digital power substation in Ekim, Kings Flour Mill, plywood factory, the renovated Immanuel Hospital in Eket, the General Hospital in the Awa-Onna Local Government Area and some road projects by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
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