Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday felicitated with the management and staff of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as the organisation marked 30 years of its existence, saying FRSC has reduced road crashes from an alarming 40,881 in 1976 to 5,993 in 2016 and 4,418 in 2017.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president commended the vision of FRSC’s founding fathers in February 1988 in response to what he described as unacceptable level of road crashes in the country.
He said Buhari noted with delight that after three decades of operations, there has been a significant reduction in the emergency response time of FRSC to accident scene on the nationâ€™s highways from hitherto 50 to 15 minutes was laudable.
Adesina also said Buhari commended the FRSCâ€™s deployment of international best practices and use of technology in its uniform licensing scheme, tracking, vehicle plate numbering and other services, observing that â€œthe recent United Nationâ€™s commendation of Nigeriaâ€™s road safety action plan, affirms the Federal Road Safety Corpsâ€™ leading role not only in West Africa but the entire African continent.â€
According to the statement, Buhari pledged federal government’s continued support to FRSC with a view to enabling the organisation achieve the goal of United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety of 50 per cent fatality reduction by 2020, thereby placing Nigerian roads among the league of 20 global safest roads by the target year.
“Declaring that road safety is a shared responsibility, the President enjoins the FRSC to intensify its public education role, while urging other government and private organisations and the entire public to support the FRSC to further make road travels safer and more pleasurable,” the statement added.