- The FRSC says it has found something that kills Nigerians more than Boko Haram insurgency and it is road accidents
- FRSC chief in the southwest zone, Ogagaoghene, said the number of lives lost daily on the roads is higher than that of those killed by insurgents
- Ogagaoghene, however, admitted that 2019 witnessed lesser accidents and deaths in his region under his watch
The Nigerian government has revealed that citizens of the country die more from road accidents than from the insecurity caused by Boko Haram insurgent attacks.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this assertion was made by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) through its zonal commander in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, Mr Godwin Ogagaoghene.
Sharing some data from accidents in 2019 alone at the Ondo State Command’s end-of-the-year party and awards’ night on Friday, January 31 in Akure, Ogagaoghene said at least 88 FRSC personnel were knocked down.
He added that: “The number of lives lost annually to road accidents in Nigeria cannot be equated with the loss of lives to Boko Haram insurgency in the northern parts of the country.
On a better note, the FRSC chief noted that his zone recorded a reduced number of road accidents and deaths in 2019. He saluted his colleagues for a good job and urged them to do better in 2020.
Ogagaoghene also advised motorists to always be careful on the roads and reduce their speeding.
The FRSC chief did not state where he got the data for his assertion and Legit.ng could not immediately verify the claims.
In a related vein, Legit.ng reported recently that to reduce road crash deaths, a member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, moved a motion mandating the FRSC of Nigeria to build clinics and emergency health centres on major roads across Nigeria.
This, Honourable Alabi said, would aid the speedy treatment of accident victims on Nigerian roads.
Alabi, who represents Egbeda/Ona Ara Egbeda Federal Constituency in Oyo state, moved the motion during plenary in the lower house on Tuesday, November 19.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,341 personnel of the FRSC were promoted in what the board of the agency describes as the result of exceptional performances and competence.
A statement by Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal of the commission, signed by the head of public enlightenment, Bisi Kazeem, said the beneficiaries had made the FRSC proud.
It added that 108 got elevated from chief route commanders to assistant corps commanders.
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