SECTOR Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kwara State, Wihioka Uchechukwu, has called for more legislative support to ensure a reduction in road accidents on Nigerian roads.
Speaking with journalists during activities marking fifth edition of the United Nations and Road Safety, themed: Leadership for road safety, in Ilorin at the weekend, Wihioka said that it behoves on various levels of the nation’s legislative arm of government, organisations and communities to make laws in support of road safety activities to help reduce carnage on Nigeria roads.
“You are a leader in your own callings. In your home, you are a leader, in your workplace, you are a leader. What kinds of decision are you taking to ensure that tenets of the United Nations are maintained?
“These are just five, speaking to all of us- they are telling us to keep the safer road, safer vehicle, care for other road users among others. But you cannot achieve all these if there is no good legislature. There is a need for a good legislature for Federal Road Safety in this country.
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We thank God for the Presidency, above all he has been of immense assistance to the corps by giving all financial and vehicular assistance to us, but still there are still much to be done by various government agencies and various leaders in making laws that would be in full support of road safety activities and by so doing the carnages and death on our roads would be reduced.
Worldwide, it is on record that over 1.3 to 5 million souls are lost every year in the whole world and how to achieve a total reduction out of this is by proper legislation by every leader. You are a leader. It is high time we spoke out. If you don’t speak out, crashes will still continue. It is left for all of us to speak out in any position that we find ourselves. Are you a critic, are you a journalist, are you legislator, legislate well on road safety, and by so doing there will be a reduction of death on our roads.
“We would continue by next year God sparing our lives, but it is advisable that all the dos and don’ts on the roads are maintained.
The FRSC boss also charged both commercial and private drivers to ensure that their vehicles were in good condition, calling on occupants of commercial vehicles to take up responsibility for their safety, saying that, “You have the right to caution the driver while on the motion. All hands must be on deck to work for us to achieve safety, especially in Kwara State.
“The journalists, the ball is in your court, you have to spread the good news of safety so that the whole world can see that safety is paramount in every doings of our lives,” he said.