A Non-Governmental Organisation, Green Light Initiative has trained 76 Traffic Safety Advocates in Abuja.
Speaking at the training that took place on Monday, the Executive Director of the NGO, Mr Simon Obi, explained that it was organised to check the economic losses caused by incessant road crashes in the country.
“The comparison shows that the number of people killed on roads globally is more than the population of so many countries of the world.
“This is unacceptable as these deaths are all preventable and avoidable and traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 5 and 29 years.
“Nigeria, among other low and middle-income countries have one per cent of the world’s registered vehicles but leading the chart with 13 per cent of all fatalities,” Obi said.
Obi added that it was time to adopt a preemptive approach in view of the increasing road traffic fatalities yearly.
An FRSC instructor on ground, Mr Olakunle Ade, pinpointed overloading, use of inferior tyres, overtaking and others as causes of road crashes in Nigeria.
He blamed such practices on the consumption of alcohol and banned substances by the drivers while at the wheels.