As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this Year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims the Federal Road Safety Corps has restated its commitment to increasing consciousness on road safety among members of the public, particularly the motorists on preventive measures.
The Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi stated this on Tuesday in a message to all Sector Commands across the country marking the weeklong celebration.
Oyeyemi disclosed that since the formal adoption of the day by the United Nations, there have been increased awareness programmes in all member-nations adding that government of different countries have responded positively to the challenges of road traffic management through adoption of proactive measures.
The FRSC Corps Marshal who spoke through the Enugu Sector Commander, Ogbonnaya Kalu assured that the Corp will devise adequate measures to curtail the challenges and enhance safety and security of road users during the festive season.
He said the FRSC will continue to work with strategic stakeholders to pursue public enlightenment programmes and aggressive enforcement of traffic rules and regulations to serve as deterrence to traffic violators.
“As part of efforts to mark the day on a larger scale, it was later adopted by the United Nations on the 26 of October 2005.
“The activities for the one week event are dedicated to highlight issues of road safety; loss of precious lives and economic destructions that people suffer as a result of traffic crash.
“This programme has been carefully planned to showcase events that will generate consciousness on road safety among members of the public, particularly the motorists on preventive measures.
“The activities are expected to highlight measures being taken by national governments, non-governmental organisations, religious bodies, communities and youths organisations against the menace of road traffic crashes.
“It is gladdening to note that since the formal adoption of the day by the United Nations, there have been increased awareness programmes in all member-nations while government of different countries are responding positively to the challenges of road traffic management through adoption of proactive measures.
“The consciousness among people of the world on issues of road safety is a welcome development, as humanity is being put to risk due to pervasive road mishaps that are witnessed daily.
“According to the World Health Organisation reports, greater numbers of people are being disabled for life on world roads through avoidable road traffic crashes in the face of increasing motorisation.
“There is therefore, the urgent need to address the menace through appropriate measures, FRSC is happy to join relevant stakeholders, to create the necessary awareness in this weeklong activity to address the challenges.
“The theme for this year’s commemoration “Life is Not a Car part” was carefully chosen to enable people of the world reflect on the sanctity of life and the fact that once taken, it cannot be replaced, unlike the car parts that are replaceable. Nations of the world are simultaneously organising events to promote this theme with various activities lined up to mark the week.
“We are confident that with the campaigns by various stakeholders sustained through various media platforms and stakeholders collaboration, the nation will be in better position to address the dangers which road traffic crashes pose to our collective safety while putting in place necessary measures to halt this menace and sensitise members of the public on the plight of the victims.
“I wish to assure members of the public that FRSC will continue to work with strategic stakeholders to pursue public enlightenment programmes and aggressive enforcement of traffic rules and regulations to serve as deterrence to traffic violators.
“I appeal to all the stakeholders to remain dedicated to the success of safer road environment.
“I assure you that as we gradually come to the end of the year when traffic volume normally heighten and the rate of road traffic crashes become pervasive, we are devising adequate measures to curtail the challenges and enhance safety and security of road users.
The annual event was adopted globally vide the Africa Union Executive Council decision EX/CL/DEC.682 (XX) of January 2012 and the United Nations Resolution A/60/5 of 26 October, 2005”.
The day was first launched in 1993 by a United Kingdom based road victims charity group by name RoadPeace to promote issues of road safety and impact that road traffic crashes have on people nationally and internationally.