To improve safety on Nigerian roads, an NGO, Greenlight Initiative has partnered with The Pollination Project USA, to train 60 road safety advocates in Abuja on Saturday, March 30.
The Executive Director, Greenlight Initiative, Simon Obi, disclosed that the training would help curb incessant road crashes in the country through implementation of evidence-based interventions and awareness.
He lamented that annual road traffic fatalities have climbed to 1.35 million globally, and urged stakeholders to reduce the trend through adoption of preventive mechanisms.
Obi noted that road crashes have left more Nigerians dead than Boko Haram insurgency, stating that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) must not be left alone with the responsibility of preventing carnage on Nigerian roads.
According to him, “Nigeria, with other low income African countries, has one per cent of the worlds registered vehicles but leading to traffic deaths at 13 per cent.
“We commend the efforts of the FRSC, but to attain the zenith of a road free record and utmost safety on our roads, we all have a collective responsibility.
“As part of our commitment to achieving this aim, we organised this traffic safety training programme to groom more advocates in the country.
“The training is a programme which will empower and improve the capacity of 60 young people to organise and implement policies for improving road safety and traffic in Nigeria.”