The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Crops (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi has kick-started activities to mark this year's remembrance of victims of road traffic crashes, which was in line with the United Nations Resolution of 2005 and African Union Executive Council decision of 2012 setting a day for the remembrance of victims of road traffic crashes globally.
The head of institute FRSC expressed commitment to the success of ‘safer roads campaign’ as being done globally.
In a media brief, recently held in Abuja; the head of the institute; Boboye Oyeyemi unfold the activities lined up to mark the day, stated that the FRSC shares the pain which victims of road traffic crashes and their families; noted that the institute would leave no stone unturned in finding solutions to the menace of road traffic crashes.
The Corps has activated major programs which will to educate and sensitize the public about the dangers of over speeding; which the activation campaign has commence across the communication media with seminars which will further drive their safety messages home to save more lives on our roads.
Boboye Oyeyemi has used the opportunity of this ‘Day of Crash Victims’ to further remind people of the need to be more careful on Nigerian roads. He also spoke about the need to expose people to public awareness programs and education on how to attend to accident victims. He said on their part as an agency, they have done a lot in promoting lectures on how assist victims of road crashes. He said such lectures can never be too much and they will continue to make public health and development initiatives an important part of their activities.
The theme for this year's event, which is "It's Time to Remember – Say No to Road Crime," was carefully chosen for people to deeply reflect on the activities marking the day and take appropriate measures that can address the menace.
Several activities lined up to mark the event which started with a press conference was followed by a motorcade/mass rally at the various motor parks across the country, while other programs followed closely on subsequent days.
On the second day of the program, which was Friday, 13 November, 2015, there was a Jumma't service at the National Mosque and all central Mosques across the country. On Saturday, 14th November, 2015, the President of Road Safety Officers Wives Association (ROSOWA) led members of the Association on visits to crash victims at the National Hospital Abuja, and Wuse General Hospital respectively to sympathize with some of the crash victims on hospital admission there with presentation of gift items to as a symbol of their love. It was indeed a solemn outing.
The lessons in the hospital visit were not lost on the accident victims and the people around the hospital – being extra careful while driving and keeping to speed limits could save lives and prevent health challenges as well as keep us from having disabilities.
“On that same day, there was an ‘Executive Walk’ which attracted many prominent Nigerians and stakeholders in road safety matters to draw public attention to the plight of crash victims while Candle Light Procession would hold across the states of the federation in the evening” Oyeyemi said.
On Sunday, 14 November, 2015, Thanksgiving Services were held at the various churches across the country, Oyeyemi further stated outside one of the churches with media people also in attendance.
While thanking members of the press for the massive support they have continued to render to the FRSC in its safer roads campaign, Oyeyemi appealed for sustained collaboration, noting that with the year coming to the end, traffic volume is expected to heighten due to congested festivities. He therefore called on the people to show obedience to traffic rules and regulations. "Road traffic crashes as we have continued to maintain, have no spiritual causes, and can be prevented with sufficient safety measures," he stated.
The Corps Marshal added that the day is dedicated to highlighting the enormous loss of lives on the roads and the hardships the bereaved and injured victims of road traffic crashes suffer, saying it is expected that people would use the day to show commitment to issues of road safety. "The day is expected to highlight the scale and impact of road deaths and injuries on the global roads as well as the consequences they have on the economy," he stated.
Oyeyemi noted that since the formal adoption of the day by the global body, there has been increased public awareness on issues of road safety with governments the world over gradually responding to the challenges of road safety through the adoption of measures that promote safer roads campaigns. "Consequently, over 50 countries worldwide have today identified with the call and are currently observing the day as we do in Nigeria," he further stated.
He stressed that report from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that not less than 3,200 people die daily on the World's Roads with tens of thousands being disabled for life, noting that other empirical studies have equally shown that automobile crashes have become one of the leading causes of death among young adults who constitute the productive age bracket, with attendant consequences on the economy. "That is why the Federal Road Safety Corps will continue to show commitment of road safety to pursuing policies and programs that could address the challenge," he stated.
The Corps Marshal also called on all members of the public to pay special attention to issues of road safety and for all public spirited individuals to continue to demonstrate commitment to the welfare of victims of road traffic crashes and their families, friends and loved ones, adding, "It is our belief that when people's attitudes to road safety change positively, the success of the global campaigns to make the roads safer for all users can be assured."
Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC said “Nigeria under the auspices of the Federal Road Safety Corps is joining the rest of the world to mark the day for the remembrance of victims of road traffic crashes. This event was first observed in the United Kingdom by a charity group, Roadpeace in 1993, to promote the day nationally and internationally, but was later adopted by the United Nations in 2005 in acknowledgement of the suffering which crash victims go through”.