Sokoto - Mr Osita Chidoka, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said on Saturday that 54 persons died in motor accidents in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara between July and August.
Chidoka made the fact known in Sokoto at a Special Marshals Sectoral Workshop, with the theme, ``Advocacy as a tool for improved road safety activities’’.
Chidoka, who was represented by the Sokoto Zonal Commanding Officer of FRSC, Mr Alfred Adeboye, said 15 persons died during the Eid el-Fitr celebrations in August in Zamfara and Kebbi states.
``Twelve of them died in Tsafe, Zamfara. The deceased persons were all district heads from Jigawa State, who were on their way to Argungu, Kebbi State,’’ he said.
Chidoka said the zone, RS 10, came third nationwide in the ranking for accident rates during the period.
``No other disease is killing people in the country like road traffic accidents and this is a source of concern for all the stakeholders,’’ Chidoka said.
The Secretary to the Sokoto State Government, Sahabi Gada, said the state government had given priority attention to road construction and rehabilitation, to ensure free flow of traffic .
‘’ The state government is committed to partnering and supporting the corps at all levels to facilitate its operations and further sanitise our roads ,’’ Gada said.
The state Sector Commander, Dr Aliyu Gummi, said ‘’our attitude to road traffic rules and regulations falls abysmally short of what is obtained in other countries, including Niger Republic, Ghana and Cameroon.
Alhaji Bello Gwiwa, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, who was the chairman of the occasion, urged Nigerians to regard road safety as a collective national duty .