The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osita Chidoka, has said that plans have been concluded for the publication of states’ rating on road safety management as part of measures to instigate improved investment and engagement of states in road safety matters.
Reacting to questions from media correspondents on the corps’ monitoring of the Operation Zero Tolerance activities in all the states of the federation, the corps marshal said: “The nationwide patrol is going on simultaneously with the monitoring of road crash pattern in various states during the yuletide but we will soon publish the states’ rating in this direction.”
According to him, the rating, which is being handled by a constituted committee, will make public the performance of the various states on road safety management to stimulate public consciousness and improved investment on road safety matters at the state level.
Chidoka who was on the Onitsha-Asaba highway to distribute safety handbills to motorists as part of the 2nd phase of the Operation Zero Tolerance special patrol, said that in comparison with 2012, the 2013 exercise has so far witnessed a downward trend in road crashes.
and injured persons with attendant increase in number of road crash victims who were rescued alive without injuries.
He attributed this to the numerous initiatives by the FRSC which ensured prompt response to road crashes such as massive deployment of personnel, ambulances, tow trucks, patrol vehicles and bikes in addition to the toll-free emergency line 122 which enhanced the Corps’ interface with the motoring public, in the event of a road crash.
Giving an insight to the Corps’ projection for 2014, the Corps Marshal recalled that 2013 has witnessed the introduction of the new number plate, driver’s license, E-ticketing, building a data base on fleet operators and total transition from analogue to application of digital process in traffic management but 2014 will provide the FRSC with a definite projection for enlightenment, traffic engineering and enforcement.
He therefore urged the Nigerian motoring public to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations as “the Corps is now primed to restore sanity on Nigerian roads through holistic application of its digital infrastructures to ensure safer road use in the country”
It will be recalled that the National Economic Council had earlier directed for annual rating of various states of the Federation on road safety management, pursuant to on-going drive to achieve the United Nations decade of action for road safety 2011-2020 and the Accra declaration on road safety in 2015 which seeks a 50% reduction in road traffic crashes and injuries.