By Georges Odok
The governor was represented by the State Works Commissioner, Dane Osim-Asu, who is also the President of the Council.
He said the council was inaugurated to implement the outcome of Nigeria‘s Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) at sub-national levels.
According to him, the state government and the FRSC have enjoyed mutual relations over the years.
Ayade stressed the need to always collaborate in order to reduce the carnage on the highways by providing the necessary infrastructural interventions within the limits of the state’s capacities.
He said he was confident that the council would work with relevant ministries, departments and agencies as members of the technical working group.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Cross River, Mr. Ocheja Ameh, said socio-economic losses have been recorded through deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents.
According to him, the accidents have drawn the world’s attention to the scourge that has led the United Nations and other global organizations to undertake efforts to combat this trend.
“It is this attention that led to the proclamation of 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety by the United Nations.
“The second Decade of Action has also been declared to cover the period 2021-2030,” he said.
He explained that Nigeria’s road safety strategy is a medium-term plan for the management of road safety in Nigeria.
According to him, the strategic policy revolves around the safe systems approach which is based on the five pillars of the United Nations Decade of Action.
Ameh said the safe system approach provides the antidote to remedy the occurrence of unnecessary deaths in traffic accidents orchestrated daily by motorists on Nigeria’s highways.
The sector commander noted that the advent of the strategy was aimed at stemming the unpleasant trend affecting the productive sector of the economy.
He assured the Council that he would soon present the main responsibilities to all stakeholders involved in the state.
On occasion were the Commissioners of Health, Dr Betta Edu, Education, Godwin Amanke, Transport and Maritime Services, Godwin Akeke, and staff from the Ministry of Public Works, among others.
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