Nigeria adjugded one of best three African nations in road safety
THE deplorable state of the roads in the city notwithstanding, Nigeria has been adjudged as one of the three best performers among 23 countries in accomplishing activities of the African Road Safety Action Plan. This was contained in a mid-term review report from the Third African Road Safety Conference organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently.
According to Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy, the FRSC’s Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi, appreciated the Federal Government’s efforts in ensuring that the enduring road safety culture was continually imbibed. He also showered encomiums on the resilience of the officers and men of the FRSC.
He disclosed that the Corps Marshal assured his audience at the conference that the FRSC would not rest on its oars, but continue to devise ways to improve on its achievements, never performing below the standard of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety declaration. He had in his company, the Assistant Corps Marshal, Policy, Research and Statistics, Kayode Olagunju, at the conference.
The African Road Safety Action Plan, which has its roots in the 2011 UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, placed priority on understanding of institutional arrangements, management and related activities, achievements, opportunities and challenges in African countries.
Kazeem noted that the report from the conference stated that 40 per cent of member countries were in the process of implementing more road safety management activities. He listed Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa as the leading countries with clear prospects of accomplishing the activities of the African Road Safety Action Plan.
While noting that more than 30 per cent of countries has not taken significant steps to harmonize data processing formats and use of international standards in reporting road incidents, he stated that the report specifically encouraged them to invest in research and develop safety audits. It also advised that importation of safer, newer vehicles and improved traffic education in schools are sure steps to reducing road traffic crashes.
Mr. Stephen Karingi, director of Regional Trade and Integration at ECA lauded its contributions in improving road safety in Africa. He called for more support from different quarters as most countries have little data collection systems and inadequate laws in place to address road safety challenges.
The conference was organised by ECA in collaboration with African Union Commission (AUC), Sub-Sahara African Transport Policy Programme (SSATP), Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank, African Development Bank and the International Road Federation.
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