The Federal Road Safety Corps has lauded the Lagos State Government’s efforts aimed at achieving the UN Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011-2020.
The Lagos Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Hyginus Omeje, gave the commendation at the commissioning of eight new Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centres in the state recently.
Omeje disclosed that the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety has five pillars which the state government had been working assiduously to achieve.
He identified the five pillars as road safety management, safer road infrastructure, safer road users, safer vehicles, and post-crash care.
The sector commander expressed delight at the establishment of the computerised testing centres, saying they would go a long way to help the state and Nigeria achieve the aim of the UN Decade of Action.
He said, “I want to commend the Lagos State Government for what it is doing. If you look at the United Nations Decade of Action (on Road Safety 2011 to 2020), one of the pillars is that of safer vehicles. That is one of the pillars that the UN has enunciated that member nations will actually pursue if they must halve fatalities on our roads come 2020.”
Omeje added, “There are five pillars and Lagos State has continued to consistently pursue those five pillars vigorously.
“When it comes to the issue of road safety management, Lagos is the first state to have a state traffic management agency, LASTMA.
“If you look at the issue of safer road infrastructure, everyone can attest to the fact that successive government to government in Lagos has continued to prioritised the issue of road maintenance. Each government has simply doubled the effort of every other administration hitherto, creating lay-bys and ensuring that we expand where there needs to be expansion. And today we can say that the roads are better off than what it used to be.
“When we come to the aspect of attitude in terms of safer road users, you could see them also having the Lagos Traffic radio station to inform the motoring public on how best to use the road.
“And now we are witnessing another level in terms of safer vehicles and that is the issue of leveraging on technology by virtue of this computerised testing centres to ensure that those vehicles plying Lagos roads and by extension Nigeria – because Lagos is the mini-Nigeria – are road worthy.
“And last of those pillars is the issue of post-crash care, which Lagos had hitherto trail-blazed by establishing the LASAMBUS that attends to road transport casualties before they take them to hospital.”
The sector commander urged other states to emulate Lagos.
“If other states had been doing it like this, most of us at the Federal level will just sit down in our offices and drink decaffeinated coffee but unfortunately it is not so,” he joked.
“And I want to use this opportunity to encourage other states in the federation to look at what Lagos state is doing and see how we can all synergise and pull resources towards the same direction and ensure that the issue of safety on Nigerian roads is given proper place in terms of our priority.”
However, Omeje, who promised Lagos the FRSC’s support, urged the state government to look beyond return on investment on the test centres and ensure that thorough computerised inspection of vehicles is prioritised to ensure safety on the road.
He added, “We will support you. When all the centres are fully operational, an average vehicle that FRSC arrests, before we release them we’ll ensure that they are roadworthy by sending them to the nearest computerised testing centre to get their roadworthiness certificate.”
Responding, the State Commissioner of Transport, Mr Ladi Lawanson, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, assured the FRSC sector commander of the state government’s commitment to partnering with the corps to achieve and surpass the aim of the UN Decade of Action.