By Bennett Oghifo
The Lekki unit command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has held different programmes to mark the yearly World Day Remembrance of Road Traffic Crash victims.
According to a statement by the Unit Commander, Azubike Onyemeh, series of activities were lined up starting from Monday 13 – Thursday 19 November, 2017 with the theme “2020 Target: Reduce fatalities and serious injuries by 50%’’.
He stated that the command’s activities held to mark the Day included motor park rally at Ajah Central Motor Park rally and road show along Lekki – Epe expressway, carried out by the Lekki command only.
He added that his command equally made visitation to Safeway hospital at Sangotedo, Juma’at prayer at Ansar – u – deen Central Mosque at Ayetoro, Epe, Lagos (Involving Epe, Island and Lekki Commands), as well as Church service at Redeemed Christian Church, House of Joy Parish, Mechanic Village, Epe, Lagos (Involving Epe, Island and Lekki Commands).
Onyemeh said “more so, the Corps is passionate in the actualization of her vision to eradicate road traffic crashes. In an attempt to achieve this, the Corps implemented and enforced speed limiting device on the first of February, 2017, this is because statistic has shown that over speeding is the lead cause of RTC in Nigeria.
“The essence of commemorating this day is to remember our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, and close associates who lost their lives in road traffic crashes without notice, and many are being treated for trauma.
“This simply implies that there is need for every road user to be conscious of his/her safety while on the road, as well as the consequences of RTC. In other words, it is a day to intensify safety awareness on the burden of road traffic collision on individuals, families, communities amongst others.
“Finally RTC is usually caused, and this means that it can be avoided if caution is exercised by every road user. Therefore, strict adherence to traffic rules and regulations by all will reduce road traffic fatalities and serious injuries”.
The African Union (AU) Executive Council and the United Nations (UN) Resolution of 26 October, 2005 recognized the 3rd Sunday in November of every year as the World Day Remembrance of RTC victims. This day is set aside for advocacy on prevention of road traffic injuries which WHO encouraged countries in the world to commemorate, and Nigeria through the FRSC has maintained the tradition since then.