FRSC: Nigeria Lost 3% of GDP in Road Accident in 2015

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…Sultan solicits support for FRSC’s safer road campaign

Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has said Nigeria lost 3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to road accident in 2015.

The loss, according to him, amounts to $131,817,676,080, adding that the economic losses have been grievous and monumental.

The disclosure was made in a statement signed by Mr. Bisi Kazeem, Head of Media and Strategy, on Sunday in Abuja, said Nigeria had over 1,060 crashes in 2015, while 1,115,683 crashes were recorded globally.

The statement read: “Three hundred and seventy thousand, nine hundred and forty-five were killed, while 1,153,745 were injured.”

The FRSC boss disclosed that 82 percent of all road crashes which occurred in the country under the period were caused by human factor.

To reduce road accident, he advocated that human factor must be addressed, adding: “Addressing the human factor means that the nation could be on the path to ensuing safety on its roads.”

Oyeyemi solicited the support of the the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to join hands with the FRSC to create public awareness on road safety, saying such partnership is in line with the Quarnic injunctions.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, who also doubles as the Head of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Saad Abubabakar (111), called for support for FRSC towards ensuring safer and accident free road in the country.

The Sultan while calling for collaboration between FRSC and NCCIA, urged Oyeyemi to continue with its road safety advocacy drive through taking road safety campaign every nook and cranny of the country.

Further details later