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Agencies hail partnership to curb auto crashes

16 February 2015, 09:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have expressed satisfaction at collective efforts to bring down the rate of road traffic crashes and fatalities in the country.

The partnership agreement recently signed during advocacy visit to NURTW Headquarters in Abuja by the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, follows the recent occurrence of fatal crashes in parts of the country this yea.

These have claimed several lives in recent days.

Oyeyemi said the crashes, mostly due to overloading, were a warning to all concerned to rise up to the occasion with a view to preventing reoccurrence. He said appropriate measures must be put in place to guide against such occurrences in the future.

Oyeyemi attributed the successes recorded by the Corps in the last year’s end of year special patrol to the collaboration between the FRSC and the NURTW, as well as other stakeholders but expressed dismay that few weeks into the New Year, fatal crashes that claimed several lives were recorded. He stated that the Corps would not tolerate such occurrence again and all necessary measures must be put in place to guide against it.

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“Nigerians were happy with the drastic reduction in the crashes and fatalities recorded during last year’s operations as compared to the previous years. And that success was attributable to the effective collaboration between the FRSC and the NURTW as well as the logistics support of other stakeholders.

“It is therefore, painful that few weeks into the New Year, there were fatal crashes at Ilesha, Damaturu and Talata Marafa, which claimed several lives. And our enquiries showed that the cause of the higher fatalities was due to the fact that the vehicles were overloaded. That is why I have come here today with my team to discuss with you on the way out,” Oyeyemi said.

He commended the NURTW President, Alhaji Nazeem Yasin, for his commitment to issues of road safety in the country and emphasised the need to sustain the partnership between the two organisations in the interest of the motoring public.

Yasin expressed satisfaction with the level of cordiality that exists between the FRSC and NURTW.

“I will do everything possible to sustain the partnership and continue to work hand in hand with the Corps in the collective desire to make the nation’s roads safer for all,” he said.

- CAJ News


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