Submitted by Burningpot79 on Wed, 11/09/2013 - 7:35am
In a quick response to our report on the hardship faced by Nigerians on the new number plates and drivers' license. The Federal Road Safety reacts
By Prince Dickson
Very close sources yesterday night confirmed to IQ4News that the taskforce saddled with the policy is under intense pressure and as a result of difficulties faced by Nigerians has extended the deadline to 2014.
When we reached the Corp Marshal Osita Chidoka this morning he confirmed that the Joint Task Force and FRSC will extend the date for all Nigerians to own a new drivers license from 30th September 2013 till 2014.
A statement will be made to this effect before the end of this week.
In October, 2009, a road safety exhibition was held in Spain. It was organised by the International Foreign Exchange Master Agreement (IFEMA)and held at Feria de Madrid convention centre. The four-day event was one of the largest gatherings of road safety experts under one roof.
This year, I had the opportunity to participate in the exhibition. What I found surprising was that African road safety representatives were not present. at this important fair.
If they had been here, they would have gained valuable knowledge of the new technological developments that could be used to provide a solution to road safety problems in Africa. Road safety, particularly in Africa is a big problem. There are no modern safety structures on roads to deal with congestion. It is therefore, not surprising that accidents are increasing.
Questions about how we can decrease the mortality rate associated with the lack of road safety in Nigeria
It was at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) conference held in London in July 2008 that the Nigeria chief marshals of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Osita Chidoka made a remark in his opening speech:
“There are an estimated 161 deaths per 10,000 vehicles for accident in Nigeria...”
However, despite all efforts, the figure is still and is mostly due to the bad state of the roads, negligence and the low-maintenance culture that is prominent in the country.
It is now almost six months plus since the Federal Road Safety Commission came out with crash helmet law for all motorcycle and moped riders in Nigeria. The law requires all private and “okada” [commercial motorbikes] riders and their passengers to put on crash helmet while riding.