The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, says Federal Government’s huge investment in road infrastructure and huge visibility on highways have contributed to the reduction in road traffic crashes in the country.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, said this during a news conference on the commemoration of 2023 World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Crash Victims on Monday in Abuja.
The event is a day set aside in November in memorial of victims of RTCs and to sympathise with their families and loved ones.
Mr Biu said that the event was a global one that aimd to remember the millions of citizens of the world killed and individuals injured in RTCs across the globe.
He said that it served as a platform to acknowledge the sufferings of victims, their families, and communities affected by those tragic incidents.
The FRSC boss said that the corps had geared up towards ensuring that RTCs, deaths and injuries were drastically reduced on Nigerian roads and all variables that contributed to those crashes were outrightly eliminated.
This, he said, were through innovations, deployment of technology and formulation of policies, saying that the corps had been able to bring down the curve of crashes on the roads.
“From January to September, for instance, the corps achieved 22 per cent reduction in RTCs; 21.3 per cent reduction in injuries and 23.1 per cent reduction in number of people killed.
“Irrespective of this great feat, the entire staff remain resolute and more than ever committed to total eradication of traffic crashes on our roads.
“Among the notable factors responsible for these achievements is the injection of new vehicles and rapid expansion of command structure that took place, following the establishment of 39 new Area Commands, 69 Unit Commands, 1 Outpost and 2 Zebra Commands.
“This expansion has enhanced the visibility of the Corps on the highways, as well as broadened the operational base of the corps, ” he said.
Biu commended President Bola Tinubu for his continuous support to issues of safety on the roads through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
He emphasised on the theme for the year 2023 commemoration which is “Justice” and the slogan “Remember, Support, Act”, both of which he said, spoke volumes of the readiness and resolve on the part of stakeholders.
He also said this was to reawaken the consciousness towards joining forces with the corps to bring the menace to a complete halt in Nigeria.
The FRSC boss reiterated the commitment of the corps as the lead agency in road safety administration in the country, saying the corps would continue in steadfastness and unwavering commitment to duty.
This is to ensure absolute sanity on the highways through effective and efficient traffic law enforcement, massive public enlightenment campaigns and advocacies.
“We will also ensure thorough investigation into causes of crashes as a springboard for effective formulation and implementation of policies that will prevent road crashes.
“The Corps will also ensure criminal prosecution where appropriate compensation is given to victims and their relations as part of the renewed justice system,” he said.
A representative of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Sydney Ibeanusi, confirmed downward slide of RTCs in 2023 in Nigeria.
Ibeanusi commended officers and sister agencies such as Fire Service, Nigeria Police among others, always available during emergencies on the roads to prevent accidents.
He assured that the FG would continue to expend huge resources towards enhancing transportation system in Nigeria while advising motorists and drivers to always remember other road users when plying the roads.
Representatives of sister agencies, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), United Nations Decade of Action, pledged their support to ensure safety on the roads. (NAN
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