The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has attributed the incessant road crashes in Nigeria to non – compliance to safety standards and traffic rules by stakeholders.
The SGF said this, yesterday at the Stakeholders’ Forum on Haulage Transportation in Nigeria in Abuja.
He said the decision of the summit stemmed from the rapid road crashes and high casualty rate of human and material resources currently being experienced in the country.
He explained that the forum also demonstrates the concern of federal government to the incident that occurred on Otedola bridge on June 28, which resulted in loss of 12 lives and 54 vehicles in an inferno.
“In spite of the implementation of safety measures by the Federal Road Safety Corps, the number of road traffic crashes involving articulated vehicles continue to increase.
“This situation has been observed as mainly due to the apathy of stakeholders in keeping to safety standards and flagrant abuse of traffic safety rules.
“The rules include; Non-adherence to the Safe-Load Programme initiative, indiscriminate parking of vehicles along highways.
“Inadequate maintenance of vehicles, use of substandard fabricated tankers contrary to specified regulations of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria among others.
“This present situation is unacceptable to government and therefore calls for affirmative action to reverse the trend,” Mustapha said.
In his remarks, Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman Committee on Land Transport, said that the recent explosion of a tanker on the Otedola bridge in Lagos had sadly reminded us of the need for action against road crashes.
“In order to solve the challenge of road traffic accident and fatalities involving articulated vehicles in Nigeria, there should be enforcement of stricter driving regulations on such vehicles.
“We must quickly adopt multi modal and inter- modal approach to freight and cargo transports across Nigeria, this entails functional rail access into our ports.
“This will enable majority of the cargo entering Nigeria to be conveyed by rail to the closest terminal to their final destination,” Ashafa said.
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