Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said that bad roads are not the cause of accidents on Nigerian highways, but the carelessness of road users. He made this known at the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic held recently in Abuja.
The former Governor of Lagos State revealed that these accidents are as a result of carelessness of drivers on the road especially when they engage in over-speeding. He emphasized that over-speeding on bad roads is dangerous.
Mr. Fashola insisted driver's carelessness was the cause of road accidents
In his statement, the Minister acknowledged efforts of the federal government in ensuring the safety of Nigerians and foreigners alike on the road. He noted that some of the accidents that occur on the road are avoidable, and the reoccurrence of such accidents is regrettable.
Speaking further, Fashola said that the federal government has several ongoing road projects in different states of the country as part of its commitment to create a seamless transportation network for her citizenry. In addition to this, efforts are in the works to create more road signs. With these signs, drivers will be well-guided on their movements on the road, avoiding accidents that can be triggered by lack of road directions.
Even if you have accident on this road, it's your fault!
He also acknowledged the role of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in reducing the rate of accidents on Nigerian roads. He encouraged them to heighten their efforts in educating the public about the importance of abiding by road rules for their safety and also the safety of other road users.
Head of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, said that the Corps has so far recorded high success, thanks to support gotten from well-meaning stakeholders in the transportation sector.
Previously, the Minister had disclosed that the federal government would begin to enforce immigration laws, so that only foreigners with the proper documentation will be allowed to work and live in the country. In regard to this, an audit of foreigners working in various organizations in the country is being done by the government.