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Road accidents claim 217 lives in Ogun

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Road accidents claim 217 lives in Ogun

By Chido Okafor (warri) and Charles Coffie Gyamfi Abeokuta


ABOUT 217 people lost their lives in various road accidents that occurred in different parts of Ogun State between January and mid July this year, according to the State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Alfred Oyeniyi Adeboye.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office, Adeboye disclosed that out of the Ogun accident fatalities, 42 per cent were youths. He cited exuberance and inexperience on the part of drivers as the major reasons for the high rate of accidents.

Similarly, in Warri, Delta State, the FRSC over the weekend alerted that the high rate of traffic rule disobedience by government officials and politicians constituted major threat to safety on the road in the country.

At the Zone Five Conference of the FRSC - comprising Delta, Edo and Anambra States with theme, “Decade of Action: The role of Civil Society in road safety activities” - he also linked the current rising rate of accident to phone and other on-board media devices distractions.

“More often than not, we see that it is the rich and mighty in the society that drive recklessly on our high ways. The children of the rich do not have regard for other road users and therefore commit traffic offences with impunity,” a key speaker at the event, Dr. David Ejenobo, noted.

He added: “Permit me to say that our politicians and high government officials belong to this category of people who disobey traffic regulations with impunity.”

According to Adeboye, “The rate at which our youths die from road accident is worrisome, if we do not stem the tide now, we will be at risk of losing the vibrant population needed for the industrial and economic sector of the nation.”

He said further: “We are going to introduce new driver’s license regime to different category of people. Drivers between the ages of 18-25 and those from 65 and above will renew their licences every year, while those between the ages of 25-64 will renew their own every three years”

The FRSC chief listed underage drivers and the “menace of motorcycle riders” as some of the challenge’s being faced by the corps, and called on the state government to enact laws that would compel motorcycle riders to wear crash helmet while on duty.

According to him his agency had generated N43 million revenue for state coffers through the production of drivers licence, saying that the FRSC was collaborating with Ogun agencies on ways of raising more fund for the state.

In his response, Amosun, who was represented by his Deputy, Segun Adesegun identified bad roads, impatience among drivers, over-speeding and drunkenness as the major causes of road mishaps in Nigeria.

The governor added: “The Federal Road Safety Corps has a duty-to test people before issuing them driver’s licence. A situation whereby all manners of people are issued licences without proper test is not doing us any good and it is causing a lot of havoc on our roads.”

Amosun disclosed that the State Government would soon commission a number of ambulances to assist in evacuating accident victims to hospitals, while his administration would collaborate with the FRSC for the training and re-training of government drivers. - Nigerian news, headline news, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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