Ember months Campaign: Lagos FRSC records 74 death in 2Q 2022

The Lagos Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said it recorded a total of 74 death in the second quarter of the year.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, Asst. Corp Marshal, Peter Kibo made this known during the 2022 Ember month flag off on Wednesday in Lagos.

Kibo,who was represented by the Lagos Sector Commander, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide revealed that a total figure of 232 people were injured.

He further revealed that another 10 death was recorded at Shagamu fire accident recently adding that safety of the road was everybody business.

The Theme of this year Ember Month Campaign: "Avoid Over Speeding, Overlaoding, Unsafe Tyre to Arrive Alive".

"Many of the road users accused Government for not repairing the road while accident are usually occur on a smooth road.

" Lagos is blessed with gridlock that is why accident are reduced within Lagos metropolis.

"Everyday people at emergency unit are called for rescue due to excess  speed.

" This is caused by lack of discipline and failure to obey the rules of Government regulatory road authorities," Kibo said.

He said while religious houses were always praying for protection both drivers and commuters too had roles to play on safety on the road.

He advised commuters not to leave the safety of the road to drivers alone because they  had their motive and interest to increase their turnover while they engage in over speeding which could lead to accident .

Kibo  urged them to avoid  over speeding while driving noting that most of the reckless drivers do not feel pains of death.

He pleaded with drivers to motoring public to avoid night driving saying that 50 per cent of death recorded in 2022 so far happen in the night.

In a goodwill messages, motorists were advised by stakeholders to obey safety rules in other to avoid crashes.

 Head of Operation,FRSC, Mr Lucas Oguntade in his opening remarks described ember months as the month where intensive activities took place which involved traveling from one place to the other.

Oguntade advises motorist to ensure  their safety and always check their health status which would help them in reducing accident on the road.

He noted that a lot of accident were caused as a result of bad eye sight as he commended the effort of medical expert who support them with free medical test and Vision Spring for providing 250 free glasses to driver with bad sight.

 The Commanding officer, 174 Battalion, Nigeria Army Ikorodu,Lt. Col. Emmanuel Sholotan in his goodwill message urged road users to avoid use of  drugs and over speeding.

The Commissioner of Police (CP), Lagos, Mr Abiodun Alabi,  Represented by Assist. CP Mr Oludotun Odubona, commended efforts of FRSC for complementing police duties and assisting Government to reduced crashed in Nigeria.

Alabi said that parking on the road to pick passengers caused a lot of traffic which also encouraged robbers to take advantage of the situation at the bus-stops.

He pleaded with road users to desist from consuming alcohol which he said was advert for accidents.

The General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Mr Bolaji Oreagba urged road users to obey the traffic law of all regulatory agencies to assist Government achieve it aims.

Oreagba,who was represented by LASTMA Controller, Mr Jubril Oshodi, said that 2020-2030 safety  declaration action by the United Nation (UN) aimed to reduce crashes to 50 per cent compared to figures of crashes that occurred between 2012 and 2020.

He said that the UN had looked forward and expected that Nigeria should understand that road safety was Paramount and essential for  everyone.

He encouraged drivers to ensure they laid safety foundations before moving their vehicles on the road adding that  safety begins from point of origin to destination.

The Assist. Commandant, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos , Mr Igbeke Austine,in his speech said that most accident had something to do with drug abuse.

Austine  advised road users to avoid taking alcohol which he said its intoxication made people to misbehave and also affect health.

Mr Rotimi Olowofela,Leadway Assurance Partnership Manager said accident happened suddenly which no driver had power over it.

Olowofela said that a total of 3,345 accident happened in the first quarter of 2022 in Nigeria adding that 1,834 people were killed as a result of the road accident.

He urged drivers to obey the rules and avid crashes.

The Chairman More Blessing Park, Sobo, Ikorodu, Alhaji Gbeminiyi Animashaun, pleaded with other parks officials to desist from taking alcohol.

He said that if motor drivers and leaders takes alcohol, that the other drivers at the parks would engage in illicit drugs which would endanger passengers. 

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