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Road Accident Is Four Times Worse Than COVID-19 in Nigeria ― FRSC

Road Accident Is Four Times Worse Than COVID-19 in Nigeria ― FRSC
FRSC Corps Marshall, Dr Boboye

The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Tuesday claimed that road accident is about four times more dangerous than the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Supporting the argument with stats, the assistant corps marshal, Imoh Etuk, Zonal Commanding Officer RS2 ( Lagos/Ogun) said the COVID-19 has claimed about 1,113 lives, meanwhile, road accidents in 2019 claimed 4,737. 

The commission said it recorded 9,698 road accidents in 2019, and thus enjoined Nigerians to be careful on roads especially during Ember months to avoid accidents, deaths and injuries. 

“It is against the backdrop that the FRSC Zone 2, in July and September partnered  some stakeholders to launch COVID-19 Enlightenment Kiosk to educate the public on COVID-19 safety protocols and also to educate the motoring public especially in  motor parks on best driving practices to keep the highway safe for all road users.”

He blamed much of road crashes to speeding, saying that FRSC was determined to tackle it with the introduction of a speed limiting device and enforcement of its use by commercial vehicles.

“One of the critical offences the corps focused on is overloading.

”The dangers of overloading a vehicle are enormous.

“It hampers the driver’s ability to control the vehicle; overloaded goods also pose a safety challenge to other road users,” he added.

He said that the zone was committed to ensuring that COVID-19 would not be spreading among the motoring public.

The Lagos State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemi, who was represented by the Head of Operations of FRSC in Lagos State,  Mr Cyril Matthew, said that the commission would not relent in keeping Lagos highways safe for users.

Ogungbemi advised commercials and private vehicle drivers to exercise caution during the Ember months to reduce accidents.

He urged them to embrace defensive driving, adding that they should drive within the recommended speed limits for their classes of vehicle.

Ogungbemi also cautioned against the use of phone while driving,  overloading and other acts that could endanger their lives or those of others while on the roads.

The Ogun Sector Commander, Corps Commander Ahmed Umar, advised drivers to always consider other road users.

He noted that more driving occurred during the Ember months, urging drivers to be more careful.

A former President of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Mr Ayo Fanimoku, also noted that there were more vehicles on the roads during Ember months.

He appealed to road users to obey all traffic rules and regulations to reduce accidents.

In his goodwill message, the President, National Union of Road Transport Workers Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, who was represented by the Asst. National Secretary of the union, Mr Adedokun Taiwo, said that members of the union were complying with the COVID-19 guidelines.

Akinsanya said that the union would continue to educate commercial drivers on the need to be more careful during Ember months.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported the nation as at October 6th has 118 fresh cases of the coronavirus bringing the overall total to 59,583with 357 discharged within the last 24 hours. 

The death toll stood at 1,113 (since October 3) while the number of persons that survive the disease so far totalled 51,308. 

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