No fewer than 47 persons died, and 180 sustained injuries in 52 different road crash that occurred from May to October in Sokoto state.
Mr Kabiru Yusuf-Nadabo, the Sokoto State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) disclosed this at the 2022 accident victims remembrance day on Friday in Sokoto.
Yusuf-Nadabo said out of the road crashes, 23 were fatal while 25 were serious that involved 78 different categories of vehicles.
He said that the event was part of the Africa Road Safety/World Road Safety awareness initiative to awaken people on the rising cases of road accidents that cause loss of lives, as well as properties.
According to him, FRSC was established to curb the menace and to create a safe motoring environment for all Nigerians, adding that FRSC has been making remarkable efforts on reducing road traffic accidents.
” The event was set to commemorate road traffic accidents victims and equally sensitise the Nigerian public on the dangers, consequences of accidents, and proper usage of roads.
” Based on the statistics presented and life experiences from some survivors of traffic accident victims, ” Yusuf-Nadabo said.
He urged motorists to abide by regulations and abstain from dangerous driving, overspending, and overloading to ensure accident-free and safer roads.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that prayers were offered in both Islamic and Christian ways.
In the same vein, two traffic accident survivors, Malam Kabiru Bello and Malam Hassan Garba recounted their ordeals during and after the crashes they were involved in.
NAN reports that the event witnessed presentations from the state Vehicles Investigation Office (VIO), Special Marshals, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and the National Association of Road Transport Owners.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), yesterday, disclosed that two people were killed and one other injured in a fatal crash involving the convoy of Bauchi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki.FRSC Sector Commander, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the accident, which involved five male adults, occurred on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at about 2:25p.
m., at Miya town, along Miya – Warji in Warji Local Council of the state.
He said the White Toyota Hilux government vehicle, marked: BA18 A08 collided with a commercial motorcyclist, identified as Muhammad Muawuya.
The FRSC boss said that the fatal crash was caused by speed limit violation, which led to a loss of control.
“The multiple crash was caused by speed violation, which resulted in a loss of control and subsequently, a collision between the vehicle and the motorcycle, involving five male adults.
“The victims who were in the entourage of the Commissioner, were rushed to the Kafin Madaki General Hospital by the Commissioner for treatment and confirmation.
“It was in the hospital that a medical doctor confirmed two people dead.
One other person sustained injuries and a fracture,” he said.
The Federal Road Safety Corp said that two people died and one other was injured following a fatal crash involving the convoy of the Commissioner for Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bauchi State, Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki.The FRSC Sector Commander, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Thursday.
He said the accident which occurred on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 at about 2.
25pm, at Miya town, along Miya – Warji in Warji local government area of Bauchi State, involved five male adults.
He said the government vehicle, a White Toyota Hilux with registration number: BA18 A08 collided with a commercial motorcyclist identified by one Muhammad Muawuya.
The FRSC Boss said that the fatal crash was caused by speed violation which led to a loss of control.
“There was a multiple fatal crash yesterday, November 16th, 2022 at about 2:45 pm, involving a government vehicle and a commercial motorcycle.
“The government vehicle is a White Toyota Hilux with registration number: BA18 A08 which collided with a commercial Bajaj Boxer motorcycle rode by one Muhammad Muawuya.
“The multiple crash was caused by speed violation which resulted in a loss of control and subsequently, a collision between the vehicle and the motorcycle at Miya town along Miya-Warji route, involving five male adults.
“The victims who were in the entourage of the Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Nuhu Zaki were rushed to the Kafin Madaki General Hospital (by the Commissioner) for treatment and confirmation.
“It was there in the hospital that a medical doctor confirmed two people dead.
One other person sustained bruises and a fracture.
The National Population Commission (NPC) in Kwara on Wednesday embarked on an over five kilometres road walk to sensitise residents of the state on the forthcoming national census and ongoing e-recruitment of ad-hoc staff for the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the road walk, which was in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and FRSC in Kwara, was led by the Federal Commissioner of the commission in the state, Alhaji AbdulRazaq Gidado.
The road walk, which kicked off at the office of the NPC off Ahmadu Bello Way in Ilorin, took the participants to the Challenge area through Post Office, Maraba, Emir’s road, Sabo-Oke and Government House in the Ilorin metropolis.
Speaking during the road walk, Gidado said the exercise was to raise more awareness amongst the residents of the state on the upcoming national census and housing headcount.
He added that the road walk was also aimed at sensitising the people of the state on the ongoing e-recruitment exercise for the conduct of the national census.
The NPC federal commissioner, while soliciting the cooperation and support of the people of the state, said the NPC is fully ready to conduct a reliable and acceptable census which will be the pride of all Nigerians.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria where we will be conducting a full-blown digital census unlike before when papers were used which can be falsified,” Gidado said.
He said the minimum requirement for the ongoing e-recruitment is a Senior School certificate which is open to all Nigerians.
The Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Kwara, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, said the road walk had sensitised the people of the state on the forthcoming census and ongoing e-recruitment for the exercise.
Adeyemi reminded the residents of the state that the purpose of conducting the census was not meant for taxation but for the growth and development of the country.
The Federal Government has ordered the immediate application of traffic regulations throughout the country to reduce accidents and guarantee safety on the roads.
Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), gave the directive in Abuja at the commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Road Traffic Accidents 2022.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the 2022 remembrance day is “Justice, act slow and act for slow speed streets”.
Mustapha said that the enforcement of existing road safety laws must be vigorously pursued and violators severely punished.
He said the country had many road safety laws that should be enforced to increase the level of compliance.
The SGF added that public awareness and road safety campaigns need to be strong and sustained throughout the year and not limited to just the festive seasons.
According to him, awareness and compliance with road safety regulations are important to reduce the frequency of traffic accidents.
“The relevant authorities who have this responsibility must find ways to ensure that the mix of awareness and enforcement is prioritized at all times.
“In this regard, FRSC must ensure that only trained and certified drivers are allowed to drive in Nigeria,” he added.
Mustapha expressed concern that the majority of citizens “view the driver's license as an identification tool and not for its intended purpose.
“The consequence is that incompetent and unfit people can be certified to drive and this could spell disaster.
“Above all, public information programs aimed at educating road users on safe road use must be vigorously pursued.”
The SGF, who was represented by Corps Marshal Dauda Biu, said Nigeria would continue to develop road safety management capacity and improve road infrastructure.
According to him, injuries, disabilities and deaths resulting from traffic accidents continue to be a public health problem.
“As Nigeria's economy grows, traffic volume is projected to increase from eight million vehicles in 2013 to 20 million-40 million by 2030.
“With this in mind, the present administration has committed enormous resources to improve road safety management and ensure that the FRSC's mandate is met.
“That is why the administration has remained determined to ensure that policy formulation and implementation at various levels of government take place in recognition of this growing problem as a public health crisis.
“The Federal Government has also ensured that the proper budget allocation is channeled to road infrastructure, as seen in the massive construction of new roads and the rehabilitation of existing ones nationwide,” he said. .
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The House of Representatives and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have praised Dangote Coal Mines Limited for supporting the government through its multi-million dollar social schemes.
Dangote was praised for embracing innovations that have had a positive impact on the car accident rate in the country.
Speaking at a networking session involving host communities from the Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, House of Representatives Federal Road Safety Commission Committee Chairman Rep. Akinfolarin Samuel said the Group Dangote is a big player and a significant contributor to the development of the Nigerian economy.
While affirming the company's job creation progress, the legislator said that it was necessary for the company and the host community to always walk the same path through the implementation of the Community Development Agreement (CDA) by mutual agreement.
Speaking, a representative of the FRSC, Deputy Corps Marshal Kayode Fanola, praised the Dangote Group for introducing measures that have helped reduce the accident rate in the country.
“I can tell you that we have inspected the Dangote Drivers School facilities in Obajana and they met our standard,” said Fanola.
Speaking, a Dangote Transport representative, Mr. Charles Theophilus, said FRSC officials were involved in training Dangote drivers.
Earlier this year, Dangote Cement Plc established a well-equipped driver's school in Obajana, Kogi state.
Host community representative and youth leader, Mr. Samuel Ibrahim, told lawmakers in the session that the company was implementing the CDA signed in July 2019.
The Youth leader said that solar energy wells, the construction of bridges and roads, and the construction of classroom blocks and a Clinic were some of the projects implemented in the Awo Akpali community.
The leader of the Dangote delegation at the Interactive Session, Alhaji Taslim Jimoh, told lawmakers that the Dangote Group is a law-abiding company.
He added that compensation and other necessary requirements for the exploitation of coal have been paid.
Speaking in the interactive session, the company's Head of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Ms. Ebere Okonkwo, said that Dangote Cement Plc was reviewing its driver recruitment and certification process in collaboration with the FRSC.
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Nine persons have died from a fatal road crash which occurred at the Idodo end of the Enugu-Abakaliki federal highway.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ebonyi, Uche Chukwurah, told the News Agency Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki, that the accident occurred on Wednesday.
Chukwurah said that all the dead were adults consisting of eight males and one female.
“Thirteen persons were involved in the accident and four were injured.
“Seven of the victims died on the spot while two later died at the Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FETHA)” she said.
The sector commander said the accident which involved four vehicles was caused by wrong over taking.
“The vehicles included a gold-coloured Toyota Sienna car, a white-coloured private owned bus, a green-coloured commercial bus and an articulated vehicle.
“The dead had been deposited at the Chidex mortuary, Idodo, and that of the AE-FETHA.
“The injured are currently receiving treatment at the Ezillo hospital and AE-FETHA,” she said.
She commiserated with the families of the dead and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured.
“The FRSC enjoins motorists to obey traffic regulations to prevent carnages such as this, especially in this ember months.
“We all should realise that life has no duplicate and only the living observe festivities,” she said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 75 per cent of road accidents in the country are caused by human errors.
“Human factors including speeding, traffic violation, drunk driving, overloading, use of phones on wheel, impatience of drivers.
“Wrongful overtaking and use of expired tyres among others, contributed over 75 per cent of road accidents,” an official said on Wednesday.
Mrs Modupe Ojo-Gbenga, FRSC Unit Commander in Okitipupa, Ondo State, said this during the inauguration of public sensitisation campaign on ember months, held at New Garage.
She added that environmental and technical factors also contribute to road traffic accidents in the country.
Ojo-Gbenga said that the months of September to December are usually associated with high vehicular movements and attendant road crashes.
“Hence, the need for more robust public enlightenment, more advocacies and increased enforcement to stem the incessant cases of road crashes,” the unit commander said.
She appealed to motorists and motorcyclists to abide by traffic rules and regulations and endeavour to avoid the human factors that may lead to road crashes.
The commander said that the FRSC was committed to intensifying sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns to reduce road mishaps.
Ojo-Gbenga solicited the support of stakeholders, including the road transport unions to instil safe driving culture on road users.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists against competition on the highway during the Ember months.
Mr Taiwo Sulaiman, the Unit Commander, Badagry Command of FRSC, gave the warning at the 2022 Ember Months Flag-off Campaign, organised by the command on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the campaign is: ”Avoid Speeding, Over-loading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive”.
Sulaiman said, ”Highways are not for competition, let us avoid speeding, over-loading and all forms of distraction while driving.
”Ember months are characterised by a lot of festivities, resulting to an increase in human and vehicular movement.
” He said that his command began intense public enlightenment, education and sensitisation of motorists and road users on proper use of the highways.
He said that this was done against the erroneous believe that ember months were evil.
The Commander urged motorists to avoid night driving and operate within stipulated speed limits during the period.
Sulaiman said that if these instructions were heeded, there would be less number of crashes on highways during ember months.
Also speaking, Mr Sikiru Aduloju, the Apapa Unit Commander of the FRSC, urged drivers to refrain from exceeding speed limits, which could lead to unnecessary loss of lives.
Aduloju, who represented the Sector Commander, Lagos Command, Mr Olusegun Olugbemide, said that the command had embarked on advocacy and enlightenment programme to schools, motor parks, Churches, Mosques and other public places.
He urged commercial drivers and other road users to always respect and observe road safety laws.
Prince Sesi Whingan, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for House of Representatives, Badagry, commended the command on its efforts in reducing road crashes on the highways.
He promised to give all necessary support to the corps to ensure a safe motoring environment.
Whingah called on government to provide more logistics for the corps to enable them to perform optimally.
The Chairman, Lagos State Parks and Garage Management, Seme-Kweme branch, Chief Akeem Sanni, commended the command for the repeated enlightenment programmes for the commercial drivers.
He said that the enlightenment would make them to be more cautious on the roads.
Sanni promised to partner the command to educate commercial bus drivers in order to bring sanity to their operations.
NAN ) The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osun Command, says three persons escaped death in an accident on Ikire-Ibadan express way .
The Osun Sector Commander, Mr Paul Okpe, said this in a statement by his Public Enlightenment Officer, Mrs Agnes Ogungbemi, in Osogbo .
Okpe said the accident occurred around 8:45 a.
m. on Saturday within Asejire bridge, 2km from Ikoyi junction, Osun .
He said that an orange commercial truck with number plate ABG 266XF, lost control while speeding before running off the highway track .
According to him, three persons were in the vehicle with only one person sustaining severe injury while others remained unhurt .
The sector commander further said the trailer was towed off the bridge by the Nigerian Police Force in Ikire Divisional Unit and also obstruction cleared.
He said the injured victim had been taken to a close hospital for further treatment by the FRSC egbeda unit command .
Okpe , however , said the command would not spare anyone found disobeying road traffic regulations when apprehended.
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