The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun has appealed to the state government to equip its general hospitals in order to save victims of road accidents.
Mr Sunday Oko, the Itori Unit Commander of the FRSC, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun, on Tuesday.
He noted that some of the general hospitals in the state lacked the required medical equipment that would be needed to treat victims that sustained major injuries from road crashes.
Oko said that the non-availability of necessary materials at the hospitals had resulted in the death of several victims in the past.
“It has been observed that some of the general hospitals only have facilities for treating minor injuries.’’
He said that when the hospitals were equipped with modern equipment, they would be able to render essential services to the public and compete with others outside the state.
The unit commander said that the command was committed to the safety of human lives.
Oko also admonished motorists to be cautious so as to reduce the rate of road accidents to its barest minimum in the state.
Woman dies in Anambra road accident
A crash at Egbebele, along Abatete-Oraukwu road, in Orumba North, Anambra, has left one person dead and two others injured.
Kumapayi said the accident, which occurred at about 3:04p.m., could be attributed to the driver losing control of the vehicle due to excessive speed.
“The driver lost control of the vehicle due to overspeeding and crashed into the bush.
“The victims were rushed to Iyi-Enu Hospital, where the female victim was confirmed dead and the corpse deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.
“Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and NIgeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were instrumental in the rescue operation,” he said.
“The crash was caused by loss of control, with one person sustaining serious injury, while three others sustained minor injuries.
While condoling with the family of the dead, the sector commander warned motorists against speed limit violation.
UN Decade of Action: Stakeholders harp on enforcement, education to reduce road accidents
Some stakeholders in transport on Thursday canvassed increased enforcement of traffic laws and education of road users to reduce road accidents and resultant deaths.
The stakeholders spoke during an online meeting organised by National Drivers’ Merit Awards (NDMA).
The meeting was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
The two-day online meeting, which commenced on Wednesday, was organised to celebrate the end of the first UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020).
The online meeting was tagged: ‘’An X-Ray of the Decade of Action on Road Safety in Nigeria’’.
The meeting, moderated by Mr Ike Okonkwo and Mrs Bola Edwards, featured talks on: ‘Appraising the Decade of Action (2011-2020)’, ‘Data Integrity: A panacea for Effective Road Safety Management in Nigeria’ and ‘Road Safety Enforcement and Road Safety Education on a Scale’.
Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said at the meeting that enforcement and advocacies remained key in achieving the UN Action Plan of 50 per cent reduction in road accidents.
Omeje, who called on various state governments to institute viable traffic management agencies, said that road safety required strategic documents, training, right funding and personnel.
“How many state governments or local governments in Nigeria train their drivers annually?
“UN Decade of Action on Road Safety needs the commitment of all; there is a need for private participation, also.
“We must engender safety right from the inside. Before fleet operators will operate, a lot of things must have been done (on drivers and vehicles).
“We need increased road safety education and culture,” he said.
The FRSC boss, who called for a national transport policy, said that one of the reasons why motorists disregarded traffic laws was meagre penalties for offenders.
Another speaker, Dr Charles Asenime of the School of Transport, Lagos State University, attributed slow reduction in Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) to poor driving attitude and underfunding of road infrastructure, among other factors.
Asenime also listed the factors to include low enforcement and a depressed economy which forced motorists to patronise substandard spare parts for vehicle maintenance.
He decried lack of road safety education in primary to secondary schools, poor established driving schools and lack of modern teaching equipment such as traffic signal simulations in many driving schools.
The Executive Secretary of the Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI), Dr Adeyemi Omidiji, said that driving culture in the country was dangerous.
He added that many road users could not interpret road signs.
“Enforcement and prosecution have impacted positively in changing behaviour pattern of motorists, thereby reducing the rate of RTC across the country,” he, however, said.
A discussant, Mr Hafis Toriola, Director, Transport Operations, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, said that enforcement and education were very key to road safety.
Toriola said that education would lead to voluntary compliance by motorists.
Another discussant, Dr Tolulope Olufunlayo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, called for community engagement in road safety education and risk assessment.
NAN reports that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises that road safety is a prerequisite to ensuring healthy lives, promoting wellbeing and making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
It also seeks to improve the safety of road infrastructure, enhance the behaviour of road users and improve post-crash response.
1 dead, 12 injured in Kano accident
The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the killing of one person, while 12 others sustained injuries following an auto crash along Daura Road in Danbatta Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Spokesman for the Service, Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, said this in a statement in Kano on Thursday.
Muhammad said that the accident occurred on Thursday at about 7:09 a.m. when a vehicle and a motorcycle had a head-on collision.
“The Toyota model F car and a Honda CG motorcycle coming from opposite directions had a head-on collision,” he said.
Muhammad attributed the accident to over speeding.
He noted that 12 persons were rescued, while one person was confirmed dead.
“We received a rescue call from Daura Road, in Danbatta LGA at about 7:09 a.m. through Malam Shamsu Isah.
“On receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicles to the scene of the incident on a rescue mission.
“The victims were evacuated to Danbatta General Hospital where one person was confirmed dead, while the other 12 persons are receiving treatment,” he said.
He appealed to motorists to always obey traffic regulations so as to stay alive and minimise accidents on the road.
2 killed in train accident in northern Spain
Two people were killed after a train with more than 150 people on board hit a car on the tracks in northern Spain on Tuesday, local media said.
The accident happened at around 16:11 local time (1411 GMT). A four-wheel drive vehicle fell off a bridge and landed on the train line, causing the front wagon of the train to be derailed, local media said.
The car’s driver and a train’s machinist were killed, and another train driver was seriously injured and taken to hospital, local media said.
Lockdown ease: FRSC records 81 accidents, 40 deaths in Lagos, Ogun
Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the crashes occurred in the four weeks of the Presidential lockdown ease in Lagos and Ogun.
“An analysis of the data of the Enforcement Operation carried out so far in the zone showed that we have a total of 81 road traffic crashes with only 24 fatal where 46 lives were lost.
“Forty-three of the crashes were serious which injured 154 people, while 14 were minor accidents,” he said.
According to him, the total vehicles stopped and returned to their originating places within the period were 2,872 while enforcing the Federal Government ban on inter-state travels.
The FRSC boss said that the zone arrested 770 vehicles for overloading as the most prevalent offence.
Obayemi, who urged motorists to drive with care, said that the lockdown ease should not be another death sentence to road users.
“As the flow of vehicles along major highways in the zone increases, road users should be conscious of safety and be very careful.
“This is important so that as they run away from Coronavirus, they won’t be killed through careless and reckless driving on the road.
“Many of these road traffic crashes recorded are avoidable,” he said.
President Buhari had on April 27, announced a “gradual easing” of COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from May 4.
12 killed, 21 injured in road accident in Nepal
Twelve people lost their lives and 21 others sustained injuries in a road accident at Banke District on Monday morning.
The accident took place in Thuriya forest area at Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality-2 of Banke district. Superintendent and chief of Banke District Police Office (DPO) Bir Bahadur Oli said 11 people had lost their lives on the spot and the other one breathed last while undergoing treatment at hospital.
The van carrying people who had entered Nepal from Nepal-India border with Nepalgunj and Dang as their destinations rammed into a parked truck at 12:15 a.m. on Monday morning.
The injured are undergoing treatment at hospital and the deceased are yet to be identified, according to DPO.
According to Oli, the van was carrying more people than its capacity allows and was speeding.
“The truck was parked on the road as it was broken and the van has pushed the truck 45 meters from its initial position,” he told Xinhua on Monday. “The van was definitely speeding and had added passengers on the way after it departed from its starting pickup point.”
4 dead,6 injured in 3 accidents in Ogun
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun says four persons died while six others sustained injuries in three separate accidents in the state on Friday.
Oladele explained that the first crash occurred at about 10.30 a.m. due to tyre burst and excessive speeding at Abeokuta-Sagamu route, near Showo.
He said that five persons were involved, with three sustaining varying degrees of injuries, but no fatality.
“The three injured persons were rescued and taken to an undisclosed hospital for intensive treatment,’’ he said.
The commander said that the second crash happened at about 1.30 p.m. around Arepo Bus-Stop, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
While one person died, two others sustained injuries.
“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at Idera hospital morgue while the survivors are receiving medical attention at ROA Hospital, Arepo in Ogun.’’
The accident, according to Oladele, happened at about 7.49 p.m. due to route violation and driving against traffic around the long bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The commander said that car drove against traffic and rammed into the motorcycle that led to the death of three male adults while one person sustained injuries.
“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at Idera Hospital morgue while the survivor is also receiving treatment at the same hospital,’’ he said.
Oladele advised motorists to drive cautiously and desist from driving against traffic to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Driver in court for reckless driving, causing an accident
The police on Thursday, arraigned a 46-year-old man, Stephen Otaido, at a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court, Abuja for alleged reckless driving and causing an accident.
The police charged Otaido, who lives in Efab Estate, Life Camp, Abuja, with three counts of causing motor accident by dangerous driving, driving without due care, attention and driving without valid licence.
The prosecutor alleged that the defendant drove the said vehicle in a manner that was dangerous to other road users by swerving from his lane, causing a collision.
Ejike said the defendant caused N1.9million damage on the vehicle he hit.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 28 of the Road Traffic Act, and sections 21 and 10 (1) of Road Traffic Law.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000, with one surety in like sum.
Nwecheonwu ordered that the surety must be a civil servant who should provide his or her first appointment letter, last promotion letter, confirmation letter as well as identification card for citing and verification by the court officials.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until June 8, for hearing.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Accident claims 7 lives at Olooru/Bode Sadu, Kwara
The Kwara Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed that seven persons died in an accident which occurred at Lumoh village along the Olooru/Bode Sadu road.
According to Owoade, the accident, which occurred at the early hours of Wednesday, involved two vehicles; a commercial DAF tanker and a private Toyota Corolla car.
He said that seven people were involved in the crash, adding that all of them lost their lives.
“Early this morning we got report that there had been a road traffic crash which occurred at the Bode Sadu/Oloru axis, at a village called Lumoh.
“Our officers at the Olooru unit command were there early, it was a fatal crash involving two vehicles, a DAF Tanker and a Toyota Corolla car, and seven persons were involved.
“Sadly all seven people involved lost their lives. There were four males and three females involved in the crash.
“The cause of the crash was as a result of speed limit violation and loss of concentration by the drivers.
“The corpses have been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital mortuary.
“I would once again plead with our road users to be safety conscious. FRSC officers have blood in their veins, it is sad for us to see humans like us lose their lives on the roads owing to crashes.
“We want to plead with travellers to caution any reckless driving or call our toll free number to report such drivers.
“Those who ply the Bode Sadu/Olooru/Jebba axis need to take extra caution, this is not a smooth road, and it is a winding road.
“Avoid over speeding, and be patient while driving. There is no perfection in driving; we all need to be careful so that lives are not lost on the roads,’’ the sector commander said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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