The FRSC warned against the use of mobile phones while driving.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has reiterated its call for total commitment of all Nigerians to reducing road accidents through strict adherence to traffic rules.
Nseobong Akpabio, the Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC, made the call at the maiden biannual public enlightenment of the RS2.110, Ikotun Unit Command, held at SAMKOLL Garden, Ikotun, Lagos, on Saturday.
Mr. Akpabio said the irreparability of human lives made it compulsory for all Nigerians to take the issue of road safety serious and be ambassadors of the crusade.
“Nobody can pay for a life, as no amount of compensation can bring back lives lost to road crashes. If you have time to visit hospitals and mortuaries you will see what disobedience to traffic rules has made many Nigerians become. Wastages on our roads call for total commitment of everyone whether in the southern, western, eastern or northern part of Nigeria. Road safety is a joint responsibility of all,” he said.
Mr. Akpabio urged road users to desist from: taking hard drugs, use of mobile phones while driving, neglecting use of seat belts, and disobeying traffic signs.
“The use of drugs, mobile phones, failure to use seat belt, among others, have become agent of death to many and have led lot to permanent disability. Road does not even recognise chief executive,” he noted.
He charged law-enforcement agents to be committed and firm in discharging their civic duties without fervour.
“In 2013, our goal is to reduce road crash significantly, and we will continue in the campaign to ensure safety of our stakeholders and make meaningful contributions to preserve lives of Nigerians,” he assured.
Iwuoha Chinwendu, the FRSC Unit Commander, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, called for attitudinal change by Nigerians in the usage of roads.
Also Adebayo Bello, the Chairman, Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area, called on road users to be tolerant.
Mr. Bello, who was represented by his vice chairman, Kunle Olowopejo, said the council would soon inaugurate a Road Safety Day to sensitise the public on the need for safety on the road.