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Experts seek stricter enforcement of road safety rules, bailout for auto firms at NAJA forum

By Theodore Opara

To successfully curtail injuries, loss of lives and properties associated with road accidents in Nigeria, road safety experts have canvassed stricter enforcement of laid down rules and regulations.

Speaking at the 2017 Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) annual training workshop in Lagos, the experts challenged all Nigerians to contribute towards safer road culture across the country.

In his presentation, the special guest of honour, Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, described road accidents as one of the major causes of deaths worldwide.

Dr. Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal and the Zonal Commanding Officer, Lagos and Ogun, Sheu Zaki, challenged motorist and members of the public to contribute to safer road culture by adhering to existing rules.

He explained that FRSC’s response was 15 minutes depending on the distance, adding that the agency successfully rescued 401,000 accident victims between 2011 and 2016.

Speaking in a similar vein, road safety expert and founder, Safety Beyond Borders, Mr. Patrick Adenusi, called for more resources to support FRSC activities. According to him, FRSC was under funded and that this has hindered their ability to deliver and carry out their duty of saving lives on our roads.

Adenusi advises FRSC and other relevant agencies to partner Nigeria Postal Services as part of measures to ease challenges associated with drivers licence renewal in the country, stressing, “There is no need to go to FRSC for licence renewal. Since the data is with them, applicants should pay and fill relevant information online. On its part, FRSC should send the processed licence through NIPOST”.

Meanwhile, Oyeyemi has explained that the price for three years duration driver’s licence remains N6,350. He said: “The official rate of driver’s licence as set by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) is N6,350. People should endeavour to fight for their rights.”

Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Prof. Diji Aina, in his paper on Political Economy of Automotive Crisis, emphasised the need to give adequate priority to the sector.

Represented by Director, Academic planning of Caleb University, Dr O. Ayorinde, Prof. Diji called on the Federal Government to grant bailout to auto assembly plants in the country.

Also speaking at the event, Coscharis group general manager in charge of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Abiona Babarinde, said the company was delighted to be part of the annual even now in its second edition.


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