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.