FRSC Corps Marshall, Osita Chidoka
As the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety enters its second year, African road safety experts have called for more commitment to the African Road Safety Action Plan for reducing accidents on the roads.
At a two-day conference in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, last week, representatives of lead road safety agencies in Africa and their development partners advocated for what they described as “urban pedestrian safety strategy” that would address a broad front in the battle to reduce road crashes in the continent.
This, according to them, is in realisation of the fact that statistics point to pedestrians as being among the most vulnerable road users. They as well considered a “safe corridor approach,” also referred to as “safe road section strategy” which is one of the way to spur tangible success in reduction of road crashes, among other quick-fix suggestions.
United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) representative, Yonas Bekele, in his paper delivered at the occasion, called for a vertical integration and cooperation between departments and spheres of government, saying this is a critical success factor to road safety implementation. The conference also called for proper funding and staffing of lead road safety agencies.
Corps Marshall, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osita Chidoka, called for continued regional integration and cooperation to deal with road safety and transport matters.
He also listed the gains of the West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) initiative, saying integration promotes improvement of infrastructure , assists in collating road traffic data and facilitates regional vehicle administration and information system.