The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Osita Chidoka has blamed ineffective road safety management in Nigeria on weak enforcement capacity even as he called for a stronger legislation.
According to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday by the FRSC, the Road Safety boss revealed this during a presentation at a meeting with World Bank Road Enforcement Consultants.
The statement reads in part: “Deficient information management systems, high vehicular density, inadequate public awareness, poor road condition, substandard road design, inadequate funding and absence of legislation on some key risk factors as additional issues affecting road safety management in the country”.
According to him, the FRSC has initiated some measures towards raising the stakes on road safety management such as the expansion of the Corps’ Command formations to 175 Unit Commands nationwide, certification of 927 Fleet Operators, training of 307 Safety Managers and 457 Drivers under the Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme and acquisition of 3 Digits Toll- Free Emergency Number (122) for improved response time to Crash Victims.
Also speaking, the World Bank consultant on traffic enforcement, Minze Beuving described road traffic enforcement as a global oriented organization offering peer-to-peer support services to low and middle income countries, seeking to build their enforcement and monitoring capacity, so as to bring road safety outcomes under control under the support of the World Bank towards achieving the United Nation Decade of Action for Road Safety.