A Communiqué of the 5th KRSD Annual Road Safety Conference & NYSC Essay Competition Award 2016

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A Communiqué of the 5th KRSD Annual Road Safety Conference & NYSC Essay Competition Award 2016

Date: 23rd September, 2016

Venue: Auditorium, Arewa House, Kaduna

Time: 9:00 am

 

Topic: Tackling Road Traffic Rules Violation in Nigeria

Guest Speaker: Chief Osita Chidoka OFR, former Minister of Aviation & Erstwhile Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

 

Introduction: The 5th KRSD Annual Conference was attended by individuals and organisations cutting across nearly all segments of the society. Notable among them were the premier road administration and road safety management agency in Nigeria FRSC – Regular and Special Marshals, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Non-Governmental Organisations, Kaduna Sate Government, students of secondary schools, heads of secondary schools, legion of ex-servicemen, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), National Association of Arewa Concerned Students, Zazzau Emirate Council, 1 Mechanized Div Headquarters Kaduna, Nigeria Police, Ahmadadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Fire Service, Chairman Senate Committee on National Orientation Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, media executives and journalists.

 

Observations

  1. 300,000 Africans die from road crash injuries annually
  2. Each of us at some point would have experienced or witnessed a road crash

iii. Attitude of motorists is critical in road safety

  1. Drivers not properly licensed can pose big threat
  2. Over speeding is one of the major causes of road crashes
  3. Kaduna corridor is the highest in ranking as per the number of fatal road crashes in Nigeria

vii. KRSD has taken responsibility to deepen road safety campaigns

 

Recommendations/Resolutions

  1. Safety is everybody’s business. Participants agreed to intervene in the current road situation in Nigeria by volunteering time and/or resources to further the cause of ensuring safer roads, especially during peak periods – close of work, festive seasons etc. No one should be indifferent.
  2. Traffic rules must be obeyed and street trading be avoided.
  3. FRSC and NGOs should do more to enlighten the public on need to install speed limiters which deadline was October 1st, 2016.
  4. Govt should intensify patrol on the Zuba-Kaduna road because it has the highest rate of crashes in Nigeria.
  5. Drivers be issued license only when they physically go for bio-metric capture, no matter how highly placed they are.
  6. KRSD should organize and champion a conference of road safety NGOs in Nigeria.
  7. KRSD alongside other road safety organisations like KASTELEA, FRSC should pay a courtesy call on the Governor of Kaduna State as well as governors of Kano, Zamfara, Katsina to persuade them to join the road safety campaign as it affects Zuba-Kaduna, Kaduna-Kano and Kaduna-Sokoto corridors.
  8. There should be an enlarged road safety conference involving governments of the states in the above corridors.

 

Over 200 persons attended the conference. Apart from the Guest Speaker Chief Chidoka, other speakers were: Corps Marshal/Chief Executive of FRSC Dr Boboye Oyeyemi MFR, mni, NPoM; Founder of KRSD Hon Justice M. B. Dongban-Mensem, PJ, JCA; representative of NYSC DG Prince Mohammed Momoh; and representative of Kaduna State Government Mr Kingsley Onyebuchi. There were testimonies from auto crash survivors: the National Coordinator of Special Marshals, Dr Titsi Kwabe; and founder of Lifeline Care Association, Dr Nkem Momah.

 

Simon Patrick Obi

Program Coordinator, KRSD Trust Fund

For the 2016 KRSD conference committee

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