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Transporter Decries High Accident Rate On Nation’s Highways

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent / Owerri


The authorities of the Associated Bus Company (ABC) Transport Plc has pleaded with the Federal Government to step up its  accident preventive measures to stem the  high accident rate on the nation’s highways.

Managing Director/CEO of the company Mr. Frank Nneji, who quoted from the United Nations (UN) statistics, said that over 1.2 million people died each year on the world’s roadways.

Nneji spoke at the 2014 Accident Free Award ceremony organised by the company in honours of her drivers and attendants who never recorded any accident last year and those who have consistently maintained an accident free record for period of five (5) years. He said that while 23% of the victims are motorists, 22% are pedestrian with 5% being cyclists. Nneji   who said road accidents were the main cause of violent death in the country added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on road Traffic Injury prevention adjudged Nigeria as having the most dangerous roads in African with 33.7 deaths per 100,000 people annually.

He commended the  Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi for his tireless role in improving road traffic  safety condition nationwide, stressing that the ABC Transport had over the years partnered with the FRSC through mass media and various road safety enlightenment campaign.

“We will continue to collaborate with the FRSC to drive safety messages everywhere in Nigeria and that is why we laud and fully support the FRSC for ensuring that speed limiters be flitted in all commercial vehicles with effect from September 1, 2015”

The ABC Chief Executive also assured that the company would continue to advocate professionalism in road transport operations since life is an inevitable asset and very irreplaceable.

In his remark, the Imo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr.  Godwin Obikoro said that the ABC Transport Company drivers had maintained the Road Transport Safety Standard Skills, RTSSS, and that was the reason the company had become exceptional and acceptable by all travellers, noting that the entry of ABC Transport into the transport sector had brought discipline and orderliness in the systems.