The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Cross Rivers State, Mr. Chidiebere Nkwonta, on Wednesday, advocated inter-agency alliance to ensure safety on Nigerian roads.
He made this call at an inter-agency drivers workshop held in Calabar tagged “Combating Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) on our highways: the role of the military and paramilitary”.
While speaking at the workshop jointly organised by the FRSC and the State Government, Nkwonta pleaded with all security agencies to actively participate in road safety.
Nkwonta pointed out that 27 road traffic crashes had occurred in the first half of 2018 with 10 fatalities and 67 injured persons recorded.
He said that there were 61 crashes recorded in the first half of 2019.
He said there were 13 fatal crashes in that time with 135 persons injured.
Nkwonta blamed the accidents on speeding, bad roads, reckless driving and ill-trained drivers.
“Distractive driving involves use of cell phone, playing loud music while driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
“In the last three years, speeding has contributed to 65 per cent of road traffic crashes and that is why the workshop is meant to foster synergy between the military and paramilitary,’’ he said.
He, however, assured that the FRSC was working on ways to curb these road accidents.
The sector commander also cautioned all security officials not to think they are above the law.
“We urge the military and paramilitary officers to learn about road traffic management and ensure that they have an internal monitoring technique that detects those with or without drivers licence.
”Your identity card as a security personnel is not an alternative to a drivers license, you are not exempted from the law because you are in a uniform,” Nkwonta said.