By EmekaÂ Mamah
KADUNA â€” Kaduna State recorded about 236 accidents within the month of February this year. Of this number, 86 involved commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders while the rest were automobile accidents.
This was revealed by the Public Relations Officer of St. Geraldâ€™s Hospital, Kaduna, Mr. Sunday Alih, while speaking on a radio programme, Oga Driver, yesterday.
The programme anchored by Philip Arome Omache of the Kaduna State Media Corporation, KSMC, educates the public on the importance of defensive driving by motorists and commercial motorcycle riders.
Alih,Â however, said that only 17 persons died on the spot during the road mishaps while those who sustained serious injuries were still in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
St. Geraldâ€™s Hospital which is owned by the Catholic Church is one of the two hospitals which accept and treat accident victims first before asking for police reports.
The Public Relations Officer blamed the high accident rate, especially in the state capital, on some parents who he said, allowed their children to be carried by one commercial motorcycle at a time.