Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has cautioned motorists in the country to embrace enlightenment programmes on road safety to reduce road traffic crashes.
Oyeyemi, who made the call yesterday at a book launch entitled, “The potency of public enlightenment on road crash reduction in Nigeria” in Abuja, said that various enlightenments efforts by the FRSC was to keep the roads safer for all users.
Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Head, Policy Research and Statistics in the commission, Kayode Olagunju, noted that the book would go a long way to educate both the young and the old on road safety.
He said that FRSC, a knowledge-based organisation, have many publications where they share knowledge with road users and other stakeholders in road transportation sector to ensure safety and sanity on the nation’s roads.
“There are road signs on our roads and we also talk to road users through various sensitisation programmes and literature for them to know what they should do and what they shouldn’t do while on the road.”
On the issue of the activities of the pirates in the country, the Corp Marshal urged members of the public not to patronise pirated copies, saying that would discourage those involved to stop.
He also called on the government and the regulatory authorities to the arrest and persecutes all those that are into the business of pirating books and other products to serve as deterrent to others.
Speaking, President, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele, who was also represented by Mr. Remi Adeniran, Deputy Registrar of the institute, urged the public to buy the book, saying that the book would be useful to the entire public.
He suggested the translation of the book into Pidgin English and some local languages in order to capture larger members of Nigerian public who could not read the general English language.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr. David Fadairo, urged the public especially, the motorists to consider the book as a guide to safety of lives and property on the roads.
The author of the book, Superintendent Route Commander, FRSC Ohaeri Osondu, with the Corps Public Education Office, Abuja, said he was inspired by the numbers of the participants and the need to share experiences with general public on how the roads could be safer.
Osondu further said that volunteers from communities should be encouraged so that the commission could further reduce its response time to accident scenes which currently stands at 15-minute.