Nigerian Government calls for collaboration on road safety

Bolchit Pam, Abuja

State and local governments have been to collaborate with the Federal Government on issues of road safety to ensure safety on the roads through the initiation of safety measures.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal made the call  during the 6th Annual Lecture Series organised by the Federal Road safety Commission  FRSC, in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

He applauded the FRSC for the initiative of the Annual Lecture Series, noting that since its inception in 2009, the programme has contributed enormously to public awareness on issues of road safety.

Delivering a lecture on the topic “State Road Traffic Management Efforts: The LASTMA Experience,” the Guest Lecturer, who is also the Governor of Lagos state, Mr Ambode Akinwunmi, stated that the establishment of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) was  informed by the need to address the challenges of motorisation and urbanisation in managing the traffic in the state.

“The establishment of LASTMA was informed by increased vehicular population and increased economic activities which required a specialised traffic management agency to effectively manage the traffic challenges of the state, he stated

Mr Ambode noted that in carrying out its statutory responsibilities, LASTMA collaborates with other relevant stakeholders like the FRSC and the Nigerian Police to manage urban traffic, adding that the measures has created opportunity for the FRSC personnel to concentrate more on the highways.

The Governor gave assurances that Lagos state government would  continue to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders in the transport sector   to ensure free movement of traffic in the state.

On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto,  Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III  urged Nigerians to embrace the ideals of road safety, saying relevant agencies must work hard to ensure that vehicles are properly inspected to confirm their road worthiness status before  allowed to ply on the nation’s highways.

My presence here today demonstrates my commitment to issues of road safety and has also given voice to the traditional and religious leaders on the need to get involved in matters of road safety,” he stated.”

The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Mr  Boboye Oyeyemi, said the lecture series was initiated as an avenue to create public awareness on issues of road safety, sensitise members of the public on the hazard of  road traffic accidents  especially in  the third world countries.

He assured the participants of the commitment of the FRSC in sustaining the annual event, urging the stakeholders to remain committed to the campaign to make the roads safer for all.

The lecture has the   theme, “Partnering with States on Road Safety Administration.”