Road accidents are killing more people than any disease in Nigeria, FRSC says.
Motor accidents in three Northern states within a period of two months caused the death of 54 people, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has said.
The Corps Marshal of the Commission, Osita Chidoka, disclosed this in Sokoto on Saturday at a sectoral workshop in Sokoto with the theme “Advocacy as a tool for improved road safety activities.”
Mr. Chidoka said the 54 people died in motor accidents in Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara between July and August.
Mr. Chidoka who was represented by the Sokoto Zonal Commanding Officer of the Corps, Alfred Adeboye, said 15 persons died during the Eid el-Fitr celebrations in August in Zamfara and Kebbi states.
“Twelve of them died in Tsafe, Zamfara. The deceased persons were all district heads from Jigawa State, who were on their way to Argungu, Kebbi State,’’ he said.
The FRSC boss said road accidents in the country killed more people than any disease or ailment, which should make it an issue of national concern.
The Secretary to the Sokoto State Government, Sahabi Gada, while speaking at the workshop said the state government had given priority to road construction and rehabilitation, to ensure free flow of traffic.
“The state government is committed to partnering and supporting the corps at all levels to facilitate its operations and further sanitise our roads,” Mr. Gada said.
The Sokoto State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Aliyu Gummi, condemned the attitude of motorists in the state to traffic rules.
“Our attitude to road traffic rules and regulations falls abysmally short of what is obtained in other countries, including Niger Republic, Ghana and Cameroon,” he said.