The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi has restated the commitment of the FRSC to sustain road safety campaigns with relevant stakeholders in the collective efforts to create safety awareness. He stated this in his remarks at the Joint Road Safety Mega Rally oragnised by the stakeholders at Mando Motor Park, Kaduna. According to Corps Marshal Oyeyemi, the best strategy for resolving the challenges of road traffic crashes in the country is the involvement of relevant stakeholders.
He pointed out that it was that relisation that informed his decision to pay advocacy visits to the union leaders early this year where the decision on the Mega Rallies across the country was taken. Oyeyemi further stressed that the idea behind the joint rallies was to raise public awareness on issues of road safety through joint efforts.
He stressed that though FRSC has achieved drastic reductions in the rate and fatalities of road traffic crashes over the years, the Corps is determined to step up the campaign to a level where public awareness could make people accept that road traffic crashes must not lead to deaths. “That was why we came up with the idea of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy, which envisions a country where road traffic crashes would result in zero death.
“The initiative is to reinforce the campaign of the United Nations Decade of Action For Road Safety: 2011–2020 and the Accra Declaration of 2007 by which Nigeria is expected to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50% by the year 2020,” he stated.
Oyeyemi while expressing concern with the failure of some fleet operators to abide by the provisions of the Road Transport Standardization Scheme, which undermine road safety standards, stated that the two crashes involving petroleum takers which happened in Anambra and Lagos states recently were disturbing.
He warned that such attitudes would no longer be tolerated, pointing out that he has ordered strict enforcement of road safety standards on all vehicles operating on the nation’s highways including petroleum tankers. “In order to avert future reoccurrence, I have since directed full enforcement of the safety standards on all vehicles, especially petroleum tankers, as required in the Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme (RTSSS).
“It is my hope that you will all join hands to ensure the success of these measures to save the nation from the agonies of road traffic crashes,” Oyeyemi further stated. The Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, Alhaji Ja’afaru Saidu Soba, commended the FRSC and the stakeholders for the intuitive, pledging the support of the state government to the safer road campaigns.
Mallam El-Rufai condemned the attitude of some people who indiscriminately erect speed bumps on the highways, pointing out that such acts contribute to frequent cases of road traffic crashes being recorded.
On the illegal motor parks operating in the state, he promised to work with the transport unions to relocate such parks, stressing the need to convene urgent meeting of road safety stakeholders to interact and come up with solutions to frequent cases of road traffic crashes in the country, as according to him, road safety challenges are best tackled through joint efforts of the stakeholders .