OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
A legal icon, Are Afe Babalola (SAN) has called on the legislative arms in the country to amend relevant laws that would empower Nigerians who sustain injuries from road accidents caused by bad roads to sue and claim damages from government.
To him, the deplorable roads in the country are responsible for daily occurrence of auto crash and to check this, caution should be exercised before people are allowed to drive on our roads.
He said this just as he suggested compulsory medical test for those who demand driver’s licence so as to reduce carnage on our highways.
Babalola made the call at the 33rd annual general meeting/international scientific conference of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria which held in Ibadan Thursday.
At the conference entitled “Road traffic accident: The place of commercial bus drivers, motorcyclists and its health implications, he said the step would prevent issuance of driver’s licence to those who were not qualified to have it due to their health challenge.
While calling on the 774 local governments across the country to pay premium to community insurance, he advised the government to ensure that all vehicles plying our roads were measured to ascertain their weights.
If this step could be taken, bad roads occasioned by heavy weight of vehicles would last longer than what we witnessed in the country.
To reduce death and pains of accident victims, he advised that mobile hospitals/clinics were built on our major highways to enable them have quick access to medical help.
In his speech, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who was represented by Dr. Folake Majekodunmi tasked all agencies which are saddled with responsibility of ensuring strict compliance with traffic regulation to live up to expectation so that incessant deaths as a result of accidents could be nipped in the bud.