United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2007
Nigeria is running a wide range of activities and events to mark UN Global Road Safety Week next month. Global Road Safety Week will officially run from 23 to 29 April 2007.
Federal Road Safety Commission Web Site – New URL
The URL of the official site of the Federal Road Safety Commission has changed to http://www.frsc.gov.ng/
Multiple Deaths in Lorry Accident
Dozens have been killed or injured in an accident on the Funtua-Bimin Gwari road in Katsina State. The accident was caused by a blow-out of a lorry’s front tyre. The lorry was packed full of traders and domestic animals. In January 2007 over thirty people were killed in a similar accident in Yobe State.
FRSC ‘Ember’ Months Campaigns
This year’s ‘ember’ months road safety campaigns are now well and truly underway. Traditionally, in Nigeria, a higher incidence of accidents is experienced during the final months of the calendar year. The Federal Road Safety Commission has reported that the primary causes of accidents during this period are road indiscipline, overloading, impatience, drunkenness, discourtesy to other road users and incorrectly maintained vehicles. During this period, when the roads tend to be more busy, the FRSC is encouraging drivers to consider whether their trips are really needed or whether, for example, they could transact their business on the telephone.
Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme
The FRSC has reported that the Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme (RTSS) that provides standards for the operation of fleet transport operators and guidelines for night trips has reduced the numbers of accidents involving luxury buses except for accidents caused by armed robbers.
Twenty people were reported to have been killed when a bus collided with a truck on the the Lokoja-Abuja road. Local officials blamed the bus driver for causing the incident by running into an oncoming truck while attempting overtake another vehicle.
The FRCS carried out a 5-day road safety campaign on Lagos roads. Read more about Operation ‘Linestorm’ in an article published in the Daily Sun. The operation targeted a range of issues including:
- Adherence to speed limits
- Removal of obstructions on highways
- Seat belt use
- Arrest of under-aged and drunk drivers
- Removal of extra headlights
- Enforcement of lane discipline
- Cell phone use
- Impounding of vehicles with right-hand steering
The Nigerian Tribune has reported a dramatic increase in reported road traffic accidents in Kogi, Kwara and Ekiti states.
Eleven people were reported to be killed in a traffic accident which occurred on 1st May along the Akure-Owo Road in Ondo state. The incident involved a commercial minibus and a heavy-duty tipper truck.
At least 30 people were killed in a multi-vehicle traffic accident on the Ife-Ibadan expressway in southwest Nigeria when a trailer driver lost control of his vehicle and rammed into three mini-buses at Akinlalu junction. Several victims were reported to have been crushed beyond recognition and many others sustained severe injuries that needed treatment at nearby hospitals.
The Federal Road Safety Commission’s Head of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr Yakubu Attah, calls for private sector partnership in sourcing funds for effective public enlightenment on road safety. He urges corporate bodies, especially those in the oil and gas, banking and manufacturing sectors, to take a cue from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) which has, over the years, partnered with the FRSC in providing public road safety awareness materials.
An updated web site for the Federal Road Safety Commission (Corps) is available at http://www.frscnigeria.org/. The FRSC has responsibilities for policymaking, organization and administration of road safety in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Government has given its approval to a proposal to introduce compulsory road safety education in primary and post primary schools. The Minister of education has pledged to ensure road safety becomes an integral part of the school curriculum. An associated awareness campaign is being promoted under the slogan “Stop, Look and Listen”.
Bauchi State Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has announced that it is to embark on more aggressive public enlightenment programme during 2005. This will target commercial, private and government drivers in an effort to reduce road traffic accidents and traffic offences.
The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has released books and audio tapes aimed at encouraging a culture of road safety in children and young adults. Schools across the country have been designated as distribution centres to help ensure that the materials reach their target audience.
Boga Abuul, the Principal Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, has called on the FRSC to set up driving schools around the country with the aim of improving skills and reducing accidents on the nation’s roads.
A new West African road safety organisation, in which the Nigerian FRSC will participate, is planned to coordinate efforts in Nigeria, Togo and Benin.
As a direct follow up to World Health Day and the General Assembly discussion, the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization, unanimously adopted Resolution WHA 57.10 on Saturday 22 May.
In response to a growing concern about road traffic injuries, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has, for the first time in the history of WHO, devoted a World Health Day to Road Safety. Each year road traffic accidents take the lives of 1.2 million men, women and children around the World, and seriously injure millions more. At the Paris launch on 7 April 2004, WHO and the World Bank launched the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention which draws on contributions from nearly 100 road traffic injury prevention experts from a wide range of countries. On 14 April 2004, the United Nations held a plenary meeting of the General Assembly in connection with World Health Day, to increase the awareness of the magnitude of the road traffic injury problem at the highest levels.
Nigeria participated in the International Walk To School Week for the first time. As the majority of pupils already walk to school, the aim of the event in Abuja was to draw the attention of government agencies, commissions, and road users to the need for improved road safety and a more stringent enforcement of existing law and regulations.
More than 70 people were reported to have been killed in a multiple vehicle accident along the Lokoja-Abuja highway at Akpogu. The accident involved a luxury bus, a truck and a car. The majority of those killed were passengers of the luxury bus.
The Nigerian Government, through the Road Safety Commission (RSC), introduced the compulsory usage of seat belts by all motorists in a bid to reduce the incidence of death and injuries on the roads. According to the Lagos State Sector of the RSC, the estimated volume of accidents on the roads between 1990 and 2001 was over 200,000 with almost 87,000 lives lost. It is anticipated that the introduction of seat belts will reduce the loss of lives through road accidents by about 50%.
For the first time, a small family car, the Renault Megane II, achieved five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests. Three other cars, the Saab 9-3, the Renault Vel Satis and the Mercedes E-class also achieved five stars.
The latest generation Mercedes ‘C’ Class was the second car to achieve Euro NCAP’s coveted five-star crashworthiness rating. (The first car to achieve this rating was the Renault Laguna II.)