PRESS RELEASE 13/05/2019
KRSD SIGNS PACT WITH THE LEAD GOVERNMENT AGENCY ON ROAD SAFETY IN NIGERIA
As part of activities marking the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday, in Abuja, signed a pact with a nongovernmental organisation, Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD) Trust Fund. KRSD founded by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem is in memory of Kwapda’as Sampson Dongban who was killed by unknown motorist in Jos, Plateau State over seven years ago.
The theme of this year’s week is “Leadership for Road Safety”. KRSD demands that FRSC takes leadership in road safety and improve enforcement of traffic laws around schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Highpoint was signing of the document bearing the two demands (Take leadership in road safety and also improve enforcement of traffic laws around schools in the FCT) jointly by the FRSC Sector Commander, Corps Commander Wobin Gora and a board member of KRSD, Mr Ben Atonko. Gora was represented by the command’s second-in-command, Deputy Corps Commander SA Ochi. Speaking before signing the pact, the sector commander stated that the command had never rested on its oars. He explained, “We carry out studies. Where there’re deficiencies on road furniture, we make recommendations to government. “A lot has been done on school signs, especially public schools. Traffic lights that were bad have been fixed. “With these demands, more will be done in the area of school for safety of school children.” Gora said FCT is covered by seven Zebra locations, so it takes less than 10 minutes for men of FRSC to arrive a scene of crash. “We’re running at a very high speed as far as safety of lives in FCT is concerned,” he maintained, adding that patrol activities and traffic control are 24 hours. Gora assured the public that those who hit pedestrians and run away would henceforth be apprehended. He stressed, “Those that got away with those acts aren’t likely to get away today. “Technology is improving, our work is improving. If you knock down someone, you won’t get away with it.”
Speaking earlier, the Programme Manager of KRSD, Ayomide Akinpelu stated that KRSD’s demands followed a Star Rating for Schools data collection exercise the NGO did around schools in Abuja last year under the safe school zone project. According to Akinpelu, “We noticed that there’re not adequate road signs. Politicians during election periods and job advertisers cover up the available ones with posters. “We demand improved enforcement of road traffic laws.” He charged everyone to speak out and save lives because if one has not directly suffered road traffic crash, someone they know might have. This followed after KRSD received a commitment from the FCT minister early this year to improve road infrastructure around schools in the Federal Capital Territory.
The event which started with a walk from the Novare Mall (Shoprite) in Wuse Zone 5 ended at the FRSC sector command in Zone 7, Abuja.
FCTA to promote safety measures around schools
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, says necessary measures will be put in place to promote safety on the roads and around schools in the FCT.
Bello stated this while receiving the Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD) Trust Fund on Monday in Abuja. KRSD Team also presented the results of the Star Rating for Schools data collection exercise carried out early this year at City Royal Secondary School, Nyanya, Abuja, courtesy of Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.
According to him, zebra crossings would be strategically placed at schools to protect children from road hazards.
He said it would also reduce road casualties to make the city a model for road safety in the country.
He appealed to stakeholders in the FCT, NGOs, individuals, government officials and institutions to ensure safety on the roads.
He urged road users to ensure they obeyed all traffic regulations.
“I am also directing the FCT Transportation and Education secretaries to work together with the KRSD to ensure that zebra crossings and other road signs are placed across schools for the safety of the children and other road users.
“Let me also suggest that road marshals should be drafted to the schools during break, resumption or closing hours to ensure that road signs are obeyed,’’ he also said.
Earlier, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, founder of KRSD said she was motivated to spearhead the advocacy for road safety in the country when her son died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Dongban-Mensem who is also a Justice of the Court of Appeal, said the pains of such a loss would not make her watch other parents and loved ones go through similar agony.
She said KRSD is the first NGO to adopt and apply iRAP software in Africa, adding that its use has shown how roads around schools in the FCT can be made safer and more protective for children.
The justice appealed to the FCTA to assist in the production of more copies of KRSD’s road safety materials for distribution to schools in the FCT to bolster the enlightenment campaign.
Dongban-Mensem who lamented the spate of reckless driving and speeding in built-up areas, called for an overhaul of archaic road laws.