FRSC, LAMATA Educates students, professionals on safe road usage

February 22, 2017, 10:10 pm

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) educates students on the need to be conscious as pedestrians and motorist to avert road accident. 

This was said at the workshop organized by United Nations Institute of Training and Research (Unitar) and Road Safety Initiative for Cities in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Transportation titled ‘Road Safety and Sustainable Transport Systems’ at the Julius Berger Hall of the University of Lagos recently.

According to Corps Marshall of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyem, safety is very important on Nigeria roads and it is the sensitization of people that will help reduce road accidents.

He added that FRSC has been using computerized method of analyzing accidental issues and impounding of road unworthy vehicles have reduce because motorists are now meeting the standard set by FRSC.

Also, the Deputy Director, Head of Transport Safety, LAMATA, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye said “80 percent of people born in Lagos are stubborn and this shows in their behaviour as a motorist.” 

He added that students and young ones should not use their phones when walking on the road and more so, never be convenient walking on zebra crossing because average road user especially in Lagos does not respect road signs and regulations.

Oduyoye advised Lagosians to use the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) to help reduce traffic and numbers of vehicles on Lagos Road.

He said “ If you like drive two cars at the same time, it does mean you are rich or comfortable in standard of living. You are just inconveniency yourself and others Lagosians”.

In the same views, Deputy Director of Mass Transit Administration, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mrs Foluke Oni highlighted road infrastructures, vehicular state and human factor as the determinants of safe road. 

She explained that these factors are very important and the synergy between government and the people will reduce traffic gridlock and loss of lives to accidents on Nigeria road.

She also admonished private organisations to collaborate with government in building alternative transport infrastructures such as rail and provision of waterway transport for better accessibility to the nooks and crannies of the country.

Source: Oluwaseun Aleshinloye

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