Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara Command, Mr. Chukwuma Wihioka, has made an appeal for legislation to support road safety activities.
The Commander made this call at the 5th United Nation Global Road Safety Week tagged “Leadership for Road Safety” which was held in Ilorin Kwara State on Saturday.
Speaking to journalists at the occasion, Wihioka called on leaders of the nation to protect the interest of the public in regard to safety in order to reduce the frequency of road crashes. He stressed that members of the public are leaders in different capacities, and urged them to assist the commission in combating road crashes in the country.
“Safety is paramount in everything and everybody must speak up. Leaders must enact special laws to prevent consistent road crashes.
“Young and innocent Nigerians are dying everyday on the roads, it is time for our leaders, Journalists, Teachers, Religious leaders, Lawyers, Drivers and Artisans to speak out in one voice to protect souls.
“An occupant of a vehicle has a right to caution drivers while driving recklessly. Don’t keep mute when someone endangers your life,”
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FRSC calls for the tight co-operation from the government and residents
Speaking further, he revealed that over 1.35 million people are killed by road crashes around the world annually. Acknowledging the importance of the United Nation’s Global Road Safety Week, the Commander stated that it was geared toward creating safer roads, safer road users and safer vehicles. He urged individuals to be ambassadors of road safety by obeying traffic rules and regulations.
“Safety is everybody’s responsibility and not government’s alone. Let’s join hands and be a road safety campaigner,” he added.
The FRSC is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of individuals and vehicles on roads across the country.