The federal government through the Ministry of Transport, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Diageo Guinness Nigeria has renewed a three-year partnership agreement to reduce traffic death and injuries, and improve road safety during the ember months.
Speaking during the ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi said renewing a tripartite agreement will see a series of major road safety events, discuss solutions and share best practices and learnings on road safety legislation and regulation that will help address the issues of road safety in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the division director at UNITAR, Mr Alex Mejia said: “With the support of Diageo, we have organised four global events and five country events in Africa, Latin America and Asia. We are very proud of this partnership, which aims to improve the capacity of public and civil entities involved in road safety across the world, especially in countries with a high incidence of road accidents and injuries.
Similarly, the managing director, Diageo Guinness Nigeria, Mr Baker Magunda, comments: “It is an honour to be in Abuja today attending this conference and I am proud of our partnership with UNITAR and the progress we have made and are continuing to make to effectively address the issues of road safety, particularly drinking and driving, in Nigeria and across the globe. All road crashes attributable to alcohol are preventable and we are committed to tackling alcohol misuse through a mixture of policies, programmes and partnerships. We will continue to support and work with experts to create a positive change by promoting road safety and responsible consumption in Nigeria and all other countries that we do business in.”
Magunda stated that Diageo has a long history of working to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol and its consequences supporting numerous drink drive prevention programmes around the world, saying these range from high visibility enforcement through random breath tests in countries such as Ghana, China and South Africa, to funding safe rides home and free public transportation, saying the company also looks to encourage laws which establish maximum blood alcohol concentration levels in countries where none exists.