By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”NO fewer than 147,813 deaths arising from road traffic accidents were recorded in the country between 1988 and September, 2009, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has said.
Delta State FRSC Special Marshall Secretary, Mr. Dickson Amromawhe, who disclosed the statistics at Ughelli, Delta State, during a safety workshop organized by a Non-Governmental Organization, Poverty Alleviation For the Poor Initiative (PAFPI) in collaboration with FRSC in Ughelli,Â for motorists and motorcyclists, revealed that 4,371 lives were lost to road traffic accidents between January and September 2009.
He said the FRSC was doing a lot to ensure that there was a reduction in the number of lives lost to road accidents in the country and disclosed that they had been involved in imbuing safety consciousness in drivers and seminars.
Amromawhe disclosed that the FRSC had also been carrying out identification of bad spots on the roads and ensuring that they were repaired by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Also speaking at the workshop, the Executive Director, PAFPI, Mr. Kejekpo Omonade identified road accidents as one of the major causes of poverty in the country because, in addition to the untold pains, man hour loss and high hospital bills, victims sometimes become handicapped and unable to continue work as usual.
He said the workshop was necessitated by the need to imbibe safe driving consciousness on drivers, with a view to reducing accidents and deaths on the roads, especially in the â€˜emberâ€™ months.