BY Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – ONE thousand nine hundred and thirty-six (1,936) persons have been killed from 2,717 road traffic accidents, which occurred on various highways across the country between the month of January and June 2012, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has said.
Public Education Officer of FRSC, Mr. Jonas Agwu, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the half year report to the public, said this year’s figure decreased by 12.7% as against 2,218 dead recorded last year.
Agwu explained further that 9,181 persons sustained various degrees of injuries from the road crashes within the period under review.
He named the hot spot where most of these crashes occurred to include the Abuja-Lokoja road, Lagos-Ibadan road and Kano-Abuja highway.
Agwu, however, declared that following this development, the commission’s Corps Marshal, Mr. Osita Chidoka, has directed all sector Commanders in the affected states to reduce the number of accidents in their command within seven days.
Noting the month of April 2012 as most challenging, Agwu said 630 cases of road crashes, 398 deaths and 2,000 cases of injuries were recorded in April alone.
According to him, 4,572 persons were involved in the accident which affected 1,015 vehicles. Mr. Agwu blamed the development on increased travels associated with religious festivities such as Easter and Eid-El-Maulud holidays, also blamed the situation on inadequate logistics to embark on massive special corps patrols during the ember months.