Road Network News #Update
The Federal Road Safety Commission of Nigeria (FRSC) marked its 30th anniversary at the National Headquarters, Abuja yesterday 19th February, 2018.
While celebrating its anniversary, the Corps unveiled a 10-year road safety vision and action plan that revolves around the Federal Government’s Vision 20:2020 and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a presentation titled: ‘Celebrating 30 years of Road Traffic Administration and Safety Management in Nigeria’ at the event, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal laid out the vision in a presentation saying:
“Vision 20:2020 seeks to launch the nation into a path of sustainable social and economic progress and accelerated emergence of a truly prosperous and united Nigeria. Its overall objective is to place the country among the top 20 economies in the world by the year 2020.”
According to Oyeyemi, he said the FRSC’s vision was hinged on two broad perspectives, the objectives are:
“Optimising human and natural resources to achieving rapid economic growth, and translating the growth into equitable social development for all citizens.”
The FRSC boss said the corps would further intensify its efforts to ensure that road traffic accidents do not lead to deaths. This is in target towards healthy living and the well-being of all citizens across the nation. To this end, he asserted that the corps would improve its response attitude to accident scenes and other traffic emergencies.
“We are working on acquiring air ambulance for prompt evacuation of victims.” He said
He explained that the FRSC’s Community First Responder Scheme would equally be enlarged to bring in more communities, while training and development would be enhanced.
“With improved road traffic administration and safety management, Nigerian roads would be safer and as such attract foreigners to the country who can commute safely without any fear. It will also impact on Nigerians as the ease of commuting would be enhanced, along with it social activities,’’ Mr. Oyeyemi explained.
To accomplish this goals and a host of others, the Corps Marshal said the FRSC would rely on five sources of funding including a Road Safety Fund to be established in line with the provision of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy.
He said the corps would also exploit the 10 percent cost of new road construction recommended for road safety enhancement, and partnership funding from international donor agencies/organisations.