World Bank initiatives seen reducing road carnages
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – THE World Bank’s safe corridor project has been hailed for the noticeable reduction in road crash fatalities in the country.
According to a statement by Stella Uchegbu, Corps Public Education
Officer, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety
Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this at the formal commissioning of six
pedestrian bridges in the Federal Capital Territory by the Minister of
Works, Mike Onolememe.
The Corps Marshal said logistic support from the World Bank had not only
enhanced the Corps visibility on the highways but also enhanced the Corps’
capacity building through sponsorship of training programmes for FRSC
staff within and outside the country, thus resulting to a 11,7 percent
reduction in road traffic crash fatalities in the second and third quarters of this year.
He also said that aside from patrol vehicles, tow trucks, ambulances,
training programmes, the World Bank has also remained committed to the
safe corridor project through the provision of items to enhance the Corps’
rescue services such as radar guns, breathalyzers, extricating machines
and other devices to aid the FRSC in delivering on its mandate.
Oyeyemi expressed the Corps’ willingness to partner with the Ministry of
Federal Capital Territory to strictly enforce the compulsory usage of the
bridges as part of measures to reduce preventable crashes associated with
Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, disclosed that the construction of the pedestrian bridges in the FCT was one of the main sub-components of the World Bank-funded Federal Road Development Project aimed at reducing passenger travel time, vehicle operating costs and traffic-related
fatalities on targeted federal roads.
“To maximize the use of these bridges and ensure their sustainability,
enforcement activities will be required.
“To this end, I implore the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to set up enforcement activities around the vicinities of the bridges” the Minister said.
The World Bank has assisted through the provision of patrol vehicles,
ambulances, motor bikes and tow trucks.
– CAJ News
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