He also demanded that the ministry explain why they failed to fulfil the Prime Minister’s instruction
Awami League’s acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif blamed the Road Transport and Bridges ministry for not obeying Prime Minister’s instruction and its failure to bring safety on roads.
“After the student’s demonstration in August last year for road safety, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had instructed the home, road transport and bridges, and the shipping ministers to ensure safe roads. But the said authorities failed to do so,” said Hanif.
He also demanded that the ministry explain why they failed to fulfil the Prime Minister’s instruction.
Hanif, who is working as acting general secretary of Awami League as the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader is not well, came up with the remarks while addressing the 16th funding anniversary program of the Bangladesh Tanti League held at the Engineers Institute in Dhaka on Thursday evening.
“Concerned authorities failed to ensure road safety showing excuses. Now people are blaming the government due to their failures, he said.
“I want to say clearly that we will not take responsibility of failure of others. Authorities must answer why they have failed to perform their tasks,” Hanif demanded.
‘AL also wants road safety’
He stated that like others Awami League also wants safe roads.
“We agree with students demand, like others we also demand safe roads for all,” he added.
Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, who is undergoing treatment in Singapore, has been in office of Road Transport and Bridges ministry for eight years.
In August last year after students to streets demanding safe roads, Prime Minister had instructed the ministry to take all necessary steps to ensure road safety. She asked the home, road transport and bridges, and the shipping ministers to hold meetings regularly regarding the issue.
University student’s death
Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, an honours’ first year student of the International Relations Department at the Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) was run over by an unruly bus of ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ which was reportedly on a mad race on Tuesday.
Abrar, himself a road safety campaigner, met this tragic end while the DMP was observing traffic week to bring discipline on the city streets.
Abrar’s death sparked a massive protest by students from different universities, who have been holding demonstrations by blocking the streets in different parts of Dhaka, demanding justice for Abrar and capital punishment for those responsible.
On Wednesday, some protesters postponed their demonstrations by a week, until March 28.
This is the second wave of student protests demanding road safety, after students took the streets all across the country in August last year, after the death of two students who were run over by a bus on the Airport Road in Dhaka.