The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC has called on Nigerians to show commitment and concern to the issues of road safety, as a sure means towards addressing the menace of road traffic crashes in the country.
Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, made the call yesterday at a press briefing in commemoration of the 2015 Africa Road Safety Day/World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims in Abuja.
Represented at the briefing by Ahmed Hassan, Oyeyemi reiterated that Nigerians, Africans and people around the world should use the day to show commitment to the issues of road safety considering the fact that millions of victims suffer the impact of road crashes on a daily basis.
According to him, “the day is expected to highlight the scale and impact of road deaths and injuries on the global roads as well as the consequences they have on the economy.”
The Corp Marshall noted that there has been increased awareness on issues of road safety in all member nations, adding that governments are equally responding to the challenges by adapting measures to support the programmes.
“Consequently, over 50 countries of the world have today identified with the call and currently observing the day as we do in Nigeria” he said, adding that the reports from the World Health Organisation, WHO, indicated that not less than 3,200 die daily on the world’s roads with tens of thousands being disabled for life.
“Other empirical studies show automobile crashes have become one of the leading causes of death of young adults who constitute the productive age bracket with attendant consequences on the economy. That is why the Federal Road Safety Corps will continue to show commitment to pursuing policies and programmes that would address the challenge.
“The day of remembrance for victims of road traffic crashes offers us opportunity for increased public awareness on the challenges which road traffic crashes places on the communities to take necessary steps that can promote major public health and development initiatives that can assist the victims.
“The day is also in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which aims at reversing the present trend of 161 deaths per 10,000 vehicles to a level that can place Nigeria among the league of global 20 safest countries in the world by 2020,” he concluded.

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