A Constable in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Denis Bitrus has emerged the winner in the 2012 Safety Marathon Race organized by Shell Sub-Sahara Africa in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) in Abuja.
Bitrus was closely followed by Adeyanju Busuyi of the Federal Fire Service, and Kalawa Ebuwei of Shell Petroleum, while Ude Ijeoma Joy, a job seeker emerged as the first female to cross the finish line.
Vice president of Shell Sub-Sahara Africa, in charge of Health Safety, Environment and Cooperate Affairs, Mr. Tony Attah stated at the end of the race that the multinational company was interested in the safety enlightenment of Nigerians through the most single unifying factor, which is sports.
"It is about our core value of ensuring that people stay alive, the goal that we pursue in Shell is to make sure that nobody dies, and nobody gets hurt in a road crash, and we believe that road safety is the one that will definitely add a lot of value to this goal, if you look at the statistics, more than two million people die worldwide as a result of road accidents; we believe in Shell that this is avoidable," he said.
In the same vein, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) Osita Chidioka stated that road crashes were not accidents, but unfortunate circumstances caused by actions or inactions, adding that the crashes could be avoided if traffic rules were strictly adhered to.
"This is an opportunity to use a most vital form of physical interaction to pass the message of road safety, road crashes are not accident, road crashes are caused by actions or inactions, and to remind the people that there are rules to which if you adhere, you will drive safely and get to your destination," he charged.