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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Economic council endorses national road safety strategy

… As Nigeria loses 3% GDP to road crashes
The National Economic Council has endorsed the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), just as the nation lost three per cent of her Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to road traffic crashes, reports ITRealms.

Affirming this to ITRealms, the Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said in Lagos, weekend that strategy comprises having a National Road Safety Advisory Council (NaRSAC) to oversee the implementation of the NRSS under the Chairmanship of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

As said by Oyeyemi, the structure of the road safety management would include state governors as members in addition to members drawn from stakeholders while the office of the corps marshal would act as the secretary to the council.

He explained that the NRSS vision is to enthrone Nigeria as country where Road Traffic Crash (RTC) results in no death with a goal of reduction in road traffic crash fatality rate by 35 per cent by 2018.

The purpose, he said, is to widely adopt safe system approach to road safety management in Nigeria, develop and utilize standard templates to capture and report relevant traffic data, as well as implement design standards for all road types.

NRSS, Oyeyemi said, has the mandate to expand the Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme (RTSSS) to cover all commercial vehicles that ply interstate roads, develop and implement awareness campaigns on proper road use in addition to providing supplementary medical equipment and emergency rescue ambulances, among others.

Further, he said, NRSS would work on setting standard National Road Safety Strategy target(s) by ensuring co-ordination between Federal, States and Local Governments in achieving Road Safety targets.

In driving the implementation of the NRSS, FRSC is expected to request for progress reports from relevant agencies, invite them to defend proposed activities and road safety efforts on a quarterly basis, evaluate of outcomes of National road safety initiatives, develop a funding plan for strategic initiatives and seek fund for the implementation of strategic initiatives, endorse disbursement of pre-approved funds for strategic initiatives and monitoring of funds disbursement for strategic initiatives, to name a few.

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