The Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Osita Chidoka, has revealed that drivers of the Kogi State Governor refused to partake in the training of convoy drivers, two years after it commenced.
Mr. Chidoka made this known on Thursday when he explained that the FRSC is investigating the accident involving Kogi State governor’s convoy, which claimed the life of the former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Festus Iyayi, on Tuesday.
Confirming that the accident is the third involving the Kogi State governor’s convoy this year, the Corps Marshall stated that “the governor’s convoy drivers are yet to partake in the training for convoy drivers two years after same commenced.”
The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, was himself involved in a fatal accident earlier in the year which led to the death of his ADC; and a broken leg for the governor. His convoy also killed a pregnant woman in another accident during the year.
An earlier FRSC report sent to Nigerian governors and published exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES earlier indicted some of the convoy drivers and the governors for the accidents they are involved in. The report showed that some of the drivers had poor eyesight, while the governors sometimes asked them to overspeed in order to meet up with appointments they prepared late for.
Enjoining all state governments to send their drivers for these trainings, Mr. Chidoka said the road safety commission is considering a compulsory installation of speedometers on convoy vehicles to curb the menace they constitute on Nigerian roads.
The Corps Marshall also gave statistics of road accidents as at week 42 of 2013 which showed that of 6126 road accidents occurred, out of which 1926 were fatal, causing 2110 deaths.