Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister of state, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called for multidisciplinary efforts in tackling road crashes in the Federal Capital Territory.
Aliyu, who made the call at the flag-off ceremony of the strategic collaborative campaign against reckless driving tagged: “Away With One Way Violation of Traffic – The Evils of Reckless Driving”, decried a situation where the nation’s capital is ranked 2nd position on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Statistical Digest for the 1st quarter of 2021 Road Traffic Accidents.
The minister, who was represented by the acting secretary of FCT PHC Board, Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, while citing data from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said causative factors of road traffic crashes in the FCT are multifaceted. She regretted that many lives had been lost, with life ambitions of several others truncated by a disability resulting from road traffic crashes.
She, therefore, stressed the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration in addressing the issues of road crashes, which are caused by multiple factors.
“As with other human challenges with multifactorial causation, multidisciplinary efforts would be needed to address it. This will include multi-stakeholder collaboration in public enlightenment, mass mobilisation, and awareness creation, redoubling of the efforts of the relevant government agencies and parastatals, and renewed commitment of the relevant officers in their assigned responsibilities,” she said.