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Accidents on highways are not caused by bad roads –Fashola
Mar 21, 2019
By: Abara Bleesing Oluchi

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed that Injuries and avoidable accidents that occur on highways are not always due to bad roads as claimed by road users.

He made the disclosure in Abuja at a capacity building workshop on the activation of the five United Nations’ Convention on Road Traffic acceded to by Nigeria.

Fashola stated that road accidents are largely due to speeding and the recklessness of drivers, as no driver speeds on a bad road.

According to a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Wednesday, the minister noted that the workshop underscored the importance and commitment of the government on the safety of the lives of Nigerians.

He, however, stated that injuries and avoidable accidents that occurred daily on highways were regrettable.

Fashola told participants at the workshop that there is no state in Nigeria that the Federal Government is not executing one road project or the other.

He said the ministry would soon embark on the deployment of manpower for the erection of additional road signs to provide the required guidance, support and direction to road users.

The minister charged the Federal Road Safety Corps to intensify efforts on public enlightenment campaigns, orientation and education of drivers to be of good behaviour while on highways in order to ensure the safety of lives and property.

On his part, the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, said his organisation would not have recorded success if not for the support it got from stakeholders in the road and transport sector.

He expressed gratitude to the United Nation’s envoy for sponsoring the capacity building workshop and promised that the corps would continue to work hard to ensure safety on Nigerian roads.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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