NIGERIA RECORDS 79,875 ROAD ACCIDENTS IN THREE YEARS:
THE IMPERATIVE FOR STRICT REGULATION OF ROAD TRANSPORTATION
Official documents obtained from ECONOMIC CONFIDENTIAL showed that no fewer than 79,875 road accidents occurred in Nigeria between 2013 and 2015.
This was reported in THISDAY, Monday February 27, 2017.
Out of this alarmingly high figure, a total of 29,494 occurred in 2013 with 13,021 cases reported as fatal , 8,917 cases were reported as serious while the balance of 7,556 cases were reported as minor.
This is extremely worrisome!!
It is a well known fact that over 80% of Nigerians currently travel by road. Road travel is overwhelmingly popular for the vast majority of Nigerians.
The reasons are obvious.
Airfares are very high and beyond the reach of the average Nigerian.
Rail transport is grossly underdeveloped as most cities are either not connected or at best poorly connected; and for the business person, speed is imperative, making this mode of transport currently unattractive in the absence of high speed trains.
However, in a sector that conveys 80% of the traveling public in Nigeria, regulation and standards are virtually non-existent.
From rickety vehicles with worn-out tyres to dangerously overloaded ones with untrained drivers.
Broken down vehicles are left unattended for several days, even on high ways where they pose further risks to oncoming traffic.
From petroleum products tankers which are not maintained and often times cause multiple accidents, death and destruction of properties, for which their untrained drivers and owners are never prosecuted to drunk drivers who drive on alternative highway lanes for no reasons, the public transportation system is in a state of utter chaos and disorderliness.
Vehicle inspection officers appear ill-trained and are more focused on inspection of vehicle documents as against a clear collaboration with the FRSC (Federal Road Safety Corps) to certify vehicles for road worthiness at specific times as is done in other climes as well as enforce stiff penalties for non-compliance with traffic safety rules.
The FRSC in most cases turns a blind eye to these obvious problems and is more reactive than proactive.
They arrive at incident scenes but are yet to put in place sustainable measures to ensure that only road worthy vehicles are permitted on our highways; in addition to their proposal for the installation of just speed limiters, and ensuring proper certification of drivers.
The Nigerian road travelling public is essentially “on their own”
Even avoidable accidents are regarded as “God’s will”.
We enjoin the relevant government agencies and departments to rise up to the demands of their duties and stem this ugly trend of waste of valuable human and material resources.
Whether in a public transport or private vehicle, these risks are ever present and we face same regularly.
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