The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, says the nation would soon unveil the National Road Safety Strategy 2019-2023, to curb crashes on Nigerian roads.
He made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday, May 6, at an event organised by the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety and Injury Prevention Nigeria in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, among others.
Safety Record can report that the event was organised to commemorate the 2019 Road Safety Week celebrated between May 6 and 12.
The SGF lamented that five per cent of Nigeria’s National Gross Domestic Products, estimated at nine trillion naira annually, were lost due to the consequences of road crashes.
However, he said that 90 percent of the road crashes could have been avoided.
Mustapha, who was represented by the Director of Planning Research and Statistics, Office of the SGF, Mr David Ganga, stressed the government’s commitment to the five pillars of UN Decade of Action on Road Safety which are: road safety management, infrastructure, safe vehicles, road user behaviour, and post-crash response.
According to him, the Federal Government instituted the National Advisory Council on Road Safety to achieve the commitment.
He disclosed that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led council comprised ministers, state governors and other relevant stakeholders to ensure full implementation and monitoring of key pillars of the action plan.
Mustapha further disclosed that the technical working group of the council had developed National Road Safety Strategy 2019-2023 which would be inaugurated soon.
He said plans were underway to overhaul the rail system, inland water ways and air transport.
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Mustapha also said the government was putting measures in place to ascertain that only roadworthy vehicles were imported into the country.
The United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Dr Edward Kallon, explained that 27 out of 100,000 deaths were attributed to road crashes.
“We should be champions to reduce these deaths at any cost, and that is the rationale behind the observance of the week,’’ he said.