Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has decried the increase of road traffic death as the leading killer of children and young people, thus, reiterated the agency’s commitment towards achieving road safety target by reducing the high rate of road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% in 2020.
The Deputy Corps Marshal Operations, FRSC, Mrs. Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, represented Dr. Boboye, at the commemoration of the 5th Global Road Safety Week in Abuja said that road traffic injuries and fatalities is on the rise daily killing millions of people and rendering others disabled.
“Current statistics reveal over 3,700 people die on the world’s roads every day and tens of millions of people are injured or disabled every year. Children, pedestrians, cyclists and older people are among the most vulnerable of road users”.
Dr. Boboye, while speaking on the theme Leadership for Road Safety noted that in order to save more lives and also clamp down on the high rate of road traffic death, targeting a 50% reduction by 2020, an effective leadership at all levels is required. He also enjoined road users to be leaders in their environment, speak up and obey road safety laws to ward off road traffic deaths and injuries.
“Leadership at all levels is key to achieving road safety targets, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.6 aimed at reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020 and SDG target 11.2 to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.
“It is important to recognize therefore that all of us, as individuals, can be leaders for road safety! Whether we travel as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or users of private motor vehicles or public transport, as individuals we can speak up for road safety. We can behave safely on the road, serve as role models for others, especially young people; advocate for better laws and law enforcement and support those who have been affected by road traffic crashes”. He said.
Similarly, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said that road crashes is also a major leading cause of death, pedestrians, school children, and motorcyclist are most vulnerable as they constitute about 54% of road traffic deaths around the world in which 90% of these crashes are preventable if rules and regulation guiding road safety are implemented, drivers are well trained and operators of vehicles carrying hazardous product are also properly trained and issued license.
Furthermore, Dr. Ehanire, also noted that there are about 27,000 road traffic deaths per 100,000 populations that constitute to the depreciation of a country’s economy as it has been estimated that Nigeria suffers about 3% – 5% GDP loss annually.