December tragedy: 423 persons dead, 300,000 injured ?Chidoka
From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka, has disclosed that 423 persons lost their lives while more than 300,000 others suffered various degrees of injury following road accidents in December 2010.
Speaking at the Niger Bridge, Onitsha, yesterday, Chidoka said though the commission had adopted different measures towards reducing the persistent mishaps on Nigerian roads, especially during last year?s yuletide, there was a decline in the statistics of accident victims.
?The whole idea of telling people to wear their safety helmets and stop overloading is a collective responsibility and as I speak to you today, about 423 people have died in road crashes across the country and more that 300,000 people sustained injuries and you know what it means to lose a bread winner,? he said.
On the misuse of siren in different parts of the country by wealthy individuals and politicians, Chidoka said the FRSC had adopted measures to stop incessant use of siren to disturb the peace of the masses, adding that the commission had started selling siren to forestall importation of siren into the country.
?Well, the practical steps that were taken to stem the abuse of siren, were that we are coming up with a holistic programme on even sell of siren as you can no longer import siren into the country and start selling to people, you must document those you are selling to and make sure that the people belong the categories of people that we publish their names as those entitled for siren,? Chidoka said.
He also maintained that after the warning, the commission was going to start impounding some of the vehicles together with the police who did not adhere to the rules and regulations guiding the use of siren in the country.
The occasion marked the special ?ember? month patrol by the corps marshal as he inspected the Niger Bridge and shared hanbills to motorists.