By AKOMA CHINWEOKE & ANTHONIA ONWUKA
DETERMINED to reduced the number of fatal road accidents in the country and in line with its tradition of promoting creative thinking, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Ltd is teaming up with African Artistsâ€™ Foundation (AAF) to sponsor a world-class photography exhibition in Lagos highlighting the issue of road safety in Nigeria.
The event, christened, Driverâ€™s Dexterity, would feature varied photographs by award-winning Nigerian photographer George Osodi, depicting the hazards and opportunities of road travel in the country.
SPDC and AAF had at a press briefing in Lagos ahead of the event explained that they both were worried by the rising cases road accidents in the country and therefore desire to arouse public awareness on road safety, against the background of revelations by the Federal Road Safety Commission that about 4,800 people die and more than 20,000 are injured in road crashes in Nigeria each year.
According to the head, HSE Infrastructure & Logistics in SPDC, Oby Moore â€œSPDC believes in safety at work, home and the roads. The exhibition will help to reinforce the message that, with more care on the part of all road users, we can reduce the number of needless deaths and injuries that result from accidents on our highways. Safety is our top priority in Shell.â€
Chairman of AAF Azu Nwagbogu, also stated that his foundation was happy for the artistic collaboration with SPDC. â€œWe believe art is one of the most powerful means of communicating in society and addressing issues that relate to humanity.Â The exhibition sends a powerful message on the challenge of road safety.â€
The exhibition which is open to the art community, students and general public according to the organizers would be held at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Lagos November 27 to 30