বৃহস্পতিবার, সেপ্টেম্বর ২৪, ২০২০
আন্তর্জাতিক ডেস্ক
২৪ আগস্ট ২০২০
১:২৯ অপরাহ্ণ
Making Roads Safer In Nigeria
Making Roads Safer In Nigeria

২৪ আগস্ট ২০২০ ১:২৯ অপরাহ্ণ

Precisely a year and few days, at the ECU Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) conference held in London (4th of July 2008) where the Nigeria chief marshals of the FRSC, Osita Chidoka made a remark in his opening speech that "There are an estimated 161 deaths per 10,000 vehicles for an accident in Nigeria..." Up till this moment, the figure remains increasing despite all efforts making by the corps and no because of human factors and therefore the bad state of the roads, especially due negligence and maintenance culture. Most state and federal roads are considered death traps as they're in need of safety infrastructures. consistent with FIA Foundation Organisation, "Every six seconds someone is killed or maimed on the world's roads". the bulk of those deaths, about 70 per cent occurs in developing countries. The road traffic injury death rate in Africa is 28.3 per 100,000 of the population. Hundreds are crippled and injured every day on Nigeria roads. The deaths toll keep it up beating our imagination with an increasing number of Nigerians being killed daily and subsequent trauma felt by their families. Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic experience events that need special attention by all and varied.

One of the best threats to travellers in Nigeria is road safety. Recently. I just gave a call to former CEO of a notable publisher in Ibadan, (the publisher of my first book) to tell and ask him about my new road traffic safety projects. Coincidentally, I hardly finished my discussion with him, when he told me of a ghastly motor accident that occurred on Lagos-Ibadan expressway but an hour on his way back to Ibadan. He said many lives were lost thanks to non-appearance of emergency medical services or maybe traffic cops that suppose to be seen every minute on the highway roads. they do not have the other job than to save lots of lives on our roads. This sad news job my memory of what happened in November 2007 in one among my regular visits to Nigeria. Few hours on arrival, I made a decision to drive myself from the Ikeja area to Ibadan. Controlling the wheel on the expressway was an enormous fight, talk-less of various gapping pot-holes, black spots, debris on each side of the road. I kept on wondering if any of state officers or representatives travel on this same road. After all, they were being voted to represent us and make us live and add safety. Barely forty minutes on the wheel once I witnessed two ghastly road accidents within few kilometres of the one-hour drive of Lagos-Ibadan expressway. the foremost cruel a part of this sad scenes was that I couldn't even see neither a traffic policeman nor one emergency ambulance or doctor/nurse getting to the victims groaning in pain for quite twenty minutes, but I counted eight police-check-points ("road-block") mounted between Lagos and Ibadan express-way thereon same day. What are they doing? of these police-check-points should be turned to SOS emergency centres with parading traffic cops, standby ambulances with doctors and nurses?

Every Nigerian has the proper to measure and add safety. Every Nigerian has the proper to steer, ride and drive on good and safe roads. This generation shouldn't be wasted with increasingly road accidents. In but fifteen months, Nigeria is going to be celebrating its 50 years independence anniversary. (Golden anniversary because it is going to be called). The federal of Nigeria should begin now with a replacement National Safety Action Plan or Road Safety Improvement Action Plan for the duration of 10years (2010-2010). this could be a development of a comprehensive, consensus strategic plan which can involve, federal road safety, police, federal and every one state ministries of road and transport, health, education, road engineers, policymakers, insurance companies, automobile companies, motoring association, psychologists, industrial representatives, consultants and researchers on road safety, driver trainers (driving schools) mass media, community leaders, youth organisations et al. who have a stake in road safety. .The goal of this Road Safety Improvement Action Plan committee is to satisfy, discuss and develop a blueprint recommendations for advancing safety efforts which will guide our road safety plan for a subsequent decade (2010-2020) or maybe within the next five years as deem-fit by the authority. The aim of this laudable strategic highway safety plan should be targeting the "4Es" of safety which includes; the contributions of Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services. This explains further in building effective roads-network, establish and maintain the culture of road safety and make sure that road safety becomes everybody's responsibility. The committee is going to be concerned with more important road questions of safety which include; children's traffic education, road crash problems, and solutions, roadside environment, and infrastructures, driver training, testing and licensing, nationwide emergency medical services (SOS), rehabilitation of accident victims, crash data and research, road safety data system and up-to-date-working equipment, publicity programs, traffic laws enforcement and sanctions, roles of non-governmental organizations (NGO), vehicle safety standard, inspection and style, road fund for the security plan, conveyance regulation and compliance. Other areas where the committee should start an integrated approach is to seem into the difficulty of human factors which account for the majority of road crashes in Nigeria. These include; young and old drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, occupant protection, behavioural countermeasures, speed, seat belt, drunk-driven, and impaired drivers.

This same quite road safety plan has been an excellent success in other countries like Malaysia with Road Safety of Malaysia (2006-2010), National Road Safety Plan in Kenya (2005-2010), South Africa and up to date road projects. The UK government has recently launched a decade of action to decide to make roads safe. this may become between 2010and 2020.

Road safety may be a shared responsibility and concern of everyone. Road traffic systems are one of the foremost complex issues which individuals need to affect every day. we should always all join hands together to make sure effective implementation of this road safety plan which will detail the steps to scale back Nigeria most serious transportation safety problems. Road user's education, awareness, positive attitudes, defensive driving techniques should be developed to avert unnecessary accidents. We could safe more lives, be safe and be responsible road users if we will contribute effectively to safe roads by respecting traffic rules and regulations, road signs, speed limits and don't drive or ride under the influence of alcohol or banned drugs.

Road Safety Improvement Action Plan is seen as a vital and laudable project to Nigeria at this stage of development. this may form the framework of data against which better policy and resource allocation decisions are often made to make sure most use of our abundant natural and human resources. It needs urgent action. the govt should provide road safety improvement and will see expenditure on road safety as an investment and not as a price. Development and improvement of road safety may be a benefit to the whole populace.

 

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