The Federal Government has advocated for victims of traffic accidents to receive prompt and adequate justice in terms of quality care and quality rehabilitation, such as physical, emotional and official compensation as part of post-accident activities.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of Remembrance Day 2022 is “Justice, Act Slow and Act for Slow Speed Streets” and the motto is “Remember, Support and Act”.
He said that RTCs have physical, social, emotional and economic implications, adding that deaths, physical disability and morbidity from traffic accidents predominantly affect the young and economically productive age groups.
He also said that survivors often suffer the ordeal of a diminished quality of life due to deformities and disabilities, post-traumatic stress and a great official loss.
According to him, the implication is that the rest of the population lives in perpetual fear of traveling safely on the roads.
“To achieve this, we will ensure that accidents are properly investigated and speedy justice is ensured for accident victims.
“Traffic offenders must be duly prosecuted according to existing laws and those found guilty must receive appropriate sanctions according to the rules provided,” it said.
Speaking at the event, Minister of State for Health, Mr. Joseph Ekumankama, said it is imperative to remind stakeholders that Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) have caused and continue to cause economic loss. to our citizens, their families and Nigeria as a whole.
Ekumankama, Atuwo’s representative, said these losses were sometimes due to the cost of treatment and lost productivity.
He said the theme focusing on Justice could not have been more appropriate as that aspect of road safety is often neglected.
According to him, “it is an aspect of road safety that helps put road users in check. Speedy trial and punishment of identified traffic offenders serve as deterrents to potential; traffic offenders.
“We look forward to an improved justice system for traffic offenders and victims of traffic accidents.”
Likewise, the Head of Mission and representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Walter Mulombo, said that it was necessary for everyone to prioritize roads, vehicles and behaviors that are safe and guarantee alternative models such as walking, cycling, among others. to ensure a healthier, greener and more sustainable response.
According to him, “I would like to remind all of us that to achieve our goal of halving traffic deaths by 2030, urgent action by each one of us is key.
“We do not want to remember more victims, we want to live our lives together with them. Therefore, we must all rise to the occasion to achieve this feat by 2030.
“As WHO, and the UN family at large, we will continue to support the country’s continued drastic and concerted action to achieve this goal. We must all Remember, Support and Act,” he said.
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