BY OKONKWO EZE
ONITSHA—The Corps Marshal of the Federation and Chief Executive of FRSC, Osita Chidoka has said that no fewer than 1.3 million people die annually through road accidents worldwide.
Chidoka spoke, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, during the 2013 Africa Road Safety Remembrance Day for road crash victims and their families.
Chidoka who was represented on the occasion by the zonal commanding officer, Zone RS5, Benin, Assistant Corps Marshal, Charles Nseobong said unless immediate action was taken, road traffic injuries would become the fifth leading cause of death in the world resulting in an estimated 2.4 million deaths yearly.
Chidoka further said that the remembrance of road crash victims was aimed at using the occasion to sensitise road users on the risks associated with road traffic as well as the need to individually and collectively take actions to prevent crashes or minimise the effects if it occurred.
He therefore called on churches and other religious bodies to include road safety enlightenment programmes as part of their worship activities.
“Road traffic crashes are caused by certain actions we take on our highways and while the church remains prayerful, there is also the need for us to obey traffic rules and regulations.
“Praying and driving on used tyres (tokumbo) at 130km per hour is like tempting God. We should keep to the speed limit, fasten our seat belts and maintain our vehicles regularly.
Let us avoid wrongful and dangerous overtaking, overloading and use of telephones while driving.”
In his remarks, The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, thanked FRSC officers for bringing their message to the congregation.
While praying for the repose of the souls of all those who died in road crashes, the Bishop enjoined Nigerians to embrace the culture compliance to traffic rules and also exercise a lot of patience while on the road.