In commemoration of the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has signed a pact with Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD), a Non-Governmental Organization founded by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem in memory of Kwapda’as Sampson Dongban who was killed by an unidentified motorist in Plateau State seven years ago, at an event held on Thursday May 9, 2019 in Abuja.
The NGO urged the FRSC to blaze the trail in road safety and ensure that Nigerians abide by traffic laws in places especially around schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Highlight of the event was the joint signing of the documents by the Corps Commander Wobin Gora, FRSC Sector Commander and Mr Ben Atonko, a board member of KRSD.
Represented by the Deputy Commander SA Ochi, the Sector Commander said that the Corps is committed to serve.
“We carry out studies. Where there’re deficiencies on road furniture, we make recommendations to government. A lot has been done on school signs, especially public schools. Traffic lights that were bad have been fixed. “With these demands, more will be done in the area of school for safety of schoolchildren,”
FRSC wants KRSD to take leadership in ensuring road safety in the FCT
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Gora further stated that there are seven Zebra locations covering the Federal Capital Territory, hence, the FRSC arrives at an accident scene in less than ten minutes.
“We’re running at a very high speed as far as safety of lives in FCT is concerned,” he added, stressing that traffic control and patrol activities are 24 hours.
“Those that got away with those acts aren’t likely to get away today.
“Technology is improving, our work is improving. If you knock down someone, you won’t get away with it,”
In his address, Ayomide Akinpelu, Programme Coordinator of KRSD, said that the NGO’s demand was an offshoot of a data collation exercise it carried out last year in Abuja.
“We noticed that there’re not adequate road signs. Politicians and Churches cover up the available ones with posters. We demand improved enforcement of road traffic laws,” Akinpelu said.
Theme of the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week this year was “Leadership for Road Safety.”