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Safety: FRSC calls for collective vigilance against accidents

Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, FRSC

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Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has urged Nigerians to be vigilant against the menace of road traffic accidents in the country.

Agency report indicates Dr. Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement by Mr. Bisi Kazeem Corps Public Education Officer (PRO), Tuesday, December 31, 2019, in Abuja, FCT.

He added that a joint effort remained the panacea for dealing with the menace on the nation’s roads.

The Corps Marshal eulogised the stakeholders for supporting the Corps in creating safety consciousness among road users and making road safety a collective responsibility.

This measure remains the best guarantee to safeguarding public safety and creating safer road environment in the country, he said.

Oyeyemi also called for more efforts in 2020 to consolidate the gains of the campaigns in 2019 in order to restore sanity on the highways.

He reiterated that 2020 is important in the ongoing global campaign for road safety.

He said it is the year for evaluation of road safety strategies set under the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety: 2011-2020.

The FRSC boss added: “Nigeria was one of the member nations of the UN to activate the global road safety campaign when it was first launched in 2010.

“Since then, the nation has remained active in its campaigns through increased investment in road safety management and all the pillars of the campaign, which must be sustained for us to gain favourable rating in the measurement of our success story.

He therefore, urged all relevant stakeholders and members of the public not to relent on their efforts in 2020, so Nigeria can stand out in the comity of nations that participated actively in the campaign.

He, however, enjoined them not to treat issues of road safety with levity, stressing that accidents on the road do not just happen, but caused and could be averted through adherence to traffic rules and regulations.

“For the avoidance of doubt, members of the public should not hesitate to report road traffic crashes, obstruction or other emergencies to the FRSC Toll Free line: 122 and tune into the National Traffic Radio on 107.1FM Abuja with the studio numbers: 09067000015 and 08052998090 respectively,” he said.

The FRSC special end of year operation, codenamed “Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Crashes”, the source added, was launched in September 2019 to counter traffic crashes, congestion, injury and deaths that characterise the Yuletide.

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