Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
In its determination to reduce road carnage through public sensitization, the Director General , of the National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri, said Plans are underway for the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to provide road safety education for staff of the NOA as the two bodies collaborate.
This was disclosed when the NOA DG received the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi in his office on a working visit.
Omeri noted that road safety education for NOA staff as public sensitization agents and their recognition as same by the public had become necessary to provide support for FRSC in the quest to check the self-endangering habits of Nigerians on the road. He said such habits, such as over-speeding, use of cell phones while driving, disregard for road signs and pedestrian bridges were responsible for the high rate of accident fatalities in the country, adding that massive public reorientation in that regard is critical to reversing the trend.
The NOA helmsman noted that the effort of security agencies, especially the FRSC, at saving the lives of Nigerians is a critical part of patriotism deserving the support of all Nigerians and commended the innovations, civil manners and high morale of FRSC officers as exemplary.
In his remarks, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi disclosed that the road crash reports for the just ended 2015/2016 yuletide season revealed an improvement on that of the preceding yuletide.
He traced the improvement to the corps’ public sensitization before and during the season, stressing that with increased public sensitization, Nigerian roads would become increasingly safer; hence the road safety education training for NOA staff. He also commended stakeholders for their cooperation during the yuletide.
Oyeyemi announced that the FRSC production plant for road signs will be ready for operations this year and the corps will collaborate with state governments to ensure the production, installation and maintenance of appropriate road signs across the country.
He further disclosed that the corps was working out modalities for providing skilled drivers to private individuals who are not used to long distance driving during festive seasons for affordable fees as part of efforts to reduce road accidents.
FRSC To Train NOA Staff On Road Safety Education
Faith Aghaeze, Abuja