Wednesday, 7 December 2016

5,440 Nigerians Died in road accidents in 2015. This calls for action says FRSC boss. cc @DrJoeAbah

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said a total of 5,440 Nigerians were killed in road accidents that occurred in the country in 2015.

Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking during the finals of the 2016 national safety quiz competition for secondary schools in Nigeria.

The competition, organised by SPDC and it’s joint partners, was won by the Micheal Okpara Federal University of Agriculture Demonstration Secondary School, Umudike, Abia State.

Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal in-charge of Special Marshals, Mr. Victor Nwokolo, said the commission is concerned about continuous lose of lives and properties on Niger roads.

He said, “Of concern to the Federal Road Safety Corps is the continuous lose of lives and properties on Nigerian roads. The trauma on family members and the impact on gross domestic product (GDP).

“I note with disheartening that in 2015, based on reported cases, 5,440 persons were killed on Nigerian roads. I mean 5,440 souls, not ordinary number, but souls were killed on Nigerian roads. This calls for action.”

The FRSC boss said the partnership between the commission and SPDC have been rewarding to roads users in the country n the area of promotion of road use literacy, prompt care to crash victims and support to the commission’s operations.

Earlier in his speech, the Manager, External Relations, SPDC, Mr. Igo Weli, said the company will continue to do its best creating road safety awareness through its programmes.

Weli, who was represented by the Manager, Special Performance and Investments, Gloria Udoh, said, “We decided as a company that we will do the best we can to actually share what we have learnt on the inside, with the outside through our external road safety programmes.

“In terms of intervention, we actually have two programmes; we have the Safe Route to School, which we do for primary schools were we try and teach them how to cross the road safely and also help the teachers and the drivers to operate.” (Leadership)

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