By Sylvester Idowu Warri
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has given a startling revelation that the nation’s roads are congested, leading to increased accidents claiming human lives and materials.
The corps said about 10.6 million registered vehicles would ply Nigerian roads nationwide in 2016, a number, it said, that exerts enormous pressure on available roads in the country.
FRSC Warri Unit commander, Isha Seidu, made the revelation at a two-day seminar titled “Safety Training for Tanker Drivers” organised by the Warri chapter of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) held at Ekpan, Delta State.
Seidu, who was represented by Head of Operations, Warri Unit Command, FRSC, Superintendent Route Commander Olumide Solomon, said the country required a multifaceted approach to avoid deaths through road crashes as the number of vehicles plying available roads in the country was overwhelming.
He explained that three major factors including human, mechanical and environmental were responsible for road crashes. Of the three factors, he said human factor was responsible for 90 per cent of road crashes through reckless driving, over-speeding, poor health, distraction and competition, among drivers.
According to him, “In Nigeria, statistics show that we had approximately 6.6 million registered vehicles that plied Nigerian roads in 2010. An estimated 9.8 million and 10.6 registered vehicles are on Nigeria roads in 2015 and 2016 respectively.”
“This, as expected would exert enormous pressure on roads available infrastructure in the country, requiring a multifaceted approach to avoid deaths on transits which explained why this training is timely and a commendable efforts on the part of PTD”, he said.
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