Constable in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Denis Bitrus has emerged the winner in the 2012 Safety Marathon Race organised by Shell Sub-Sahara Africa in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) in Abuja.
He ran the time of 23:57 to beat his closest rival Adeyuju Busuyi of the Federal Fire Service who came second with a time of 26:58. Kalawa Ebuwei of Shell Petroleum finished third while Ude Ijeoma Joy, a job seeker from Enugu State 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 speaking at the end of the race, said the multinational company was interested in the safety and enlightenment of Nigerians through the most single unifying factor, sports. He said their goal for safety and enlightenment campaign is 'Go Zero' and that they are in partnership with the FRSC to ensure Nigerians stay alive and unhurt. "It is about our core value of ensuring that people stay alive. For Shell, our goal is 'Go Zero'.
This 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. Statistics are available to us revealed that more than two million people die worldwide on yearly basis as a result of road accidents, and I believe on good authority that those that got injured outnumber those that actually die. This is unacceptable and it is avoidable," he said.
Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) Osita Chidioka stated that road crashes are not accidents, but unfortunate circumstances caused by actions or inactions of road users.