Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has expressed his sadness over a road safety ranking which places Nigeria’s road disasters as the most frequent in the world.
The report, which was released by the World Health Organisation, also noted that Nigeria has the worst roads in the entire African continent with one-in-four deaths from road accidents in Africa occurring in Nigeria.
Speaking during a road sensitisation exercise organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Kano, the governor said the its time for urgent action to rein in the situation.
“Let us not fold our arms to let loses of lives continue unabated. All hands must be on deck to curtail the unwholesome development, road users, especially commercial motorists should desist from reckless driving and avoid driving having drunk.”
Speaking at the event, FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, informed those present at the event that the purpose of organizing the event was to educate the public on how to remain safe while using the roads.
He also reiterated that the speed limit measure his agency is putting together will be finally implemented by 2016.
Oyeyemi stated further that plans are underway to establish a mini plant for the production of number plates for automobiles.