3 January 2014

Nigeria: FRSC Partners States On Crash Reduction, Inserting Road Furniture

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Friday said that it would partner with states in the country on crash reduction and provision of road furniture.

Mr Osita Chidoka, FRSC Corps Marshal, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha, Anambra that the commission would start an effective partnership with various states in 2014.

Chidoka noted that plans had been concluded for the publication of states' rating on road safety management as part of measures to encourage improved investment in road safety matters by state governments.

"No, the road furniture is not in top shape. We are looking forward also to work with government.

"We are going to come up with a report on how the states rank, in terms of road safety.

"And we hope that would energize the states to improve their road furniture, their regulatory environment; their expenditure on road safety issues; on traffic management generally.

"We are looking forward to publishing that result and using that as an opportunity to ginger the states," he said.

The corps marshal also urged people with "Peace Ambassador" number plates to return them and obtain proper registration numbers for their vehicles.

He stressed that the commission had issued series of announcement against it; adding that any vehicle caught with such number plates would be impounded.

"There are no peace ambassador numbers in Nigeria; the numbers are fake numbers.

"We have made series of announcements informing all the people, who have peace numbers to return them and register their cars with proper number plates.

"If they want a special fancy number; they should go for it.

"But there are no number series called peace ambassador. They are not produced by us and we do not know where they come from," he added.

Chidoka, however, appealed to motorists to obey traffic rules for the good of all road users, adding that he envisaged a 2014 with less incidences of road crashes as well as deaths resulting from such crashes.

NAN reports that most states had established road traffic agency; while Delta State recently announced that it would expand its traffic agency workers with more than 700 youths. (NAN)


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