The Federal Road Safety Corps has urged stakeholders in the transport sector to support the organisation’s target to reduce road crashes and deaths by 50 per cent before 2030.
Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshall of the FRSC, made the call at a church service to mark the end of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week in Awka, Anambra State on Sunday.
The thanksgiving mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Maryland, Awka.
He said the FRSC as a member of UNGRS deemed it fit to join the world body in celebrating the 2019 edition, being the fifth in its series, with the theme: “Leadership for Road Safety.”
The Corps Marshall, who was represented by the Sector Commander in Anambra State, Andrew Kumapayi, said the target was in line with that of the Sustainable Development Goal.
He said the aim was to provide safe, accessible, affordable and sustainable transport for all by 2030, adding that Nigeria was a part of the global community that signed the SDGs.
He said the FRSC would continue to provide leadership for the safety of the road transport sub-sector.
He urged governments at all levels, civil society organisations and policy makers to demonstrate leadership in their own spheres of influence.
Kumapayi said: “This day is, therefore, targeted primarily at civil society organisations and policy makers in charge of road safety.
“The advocacy all through the week has followed a multi-faceted approach, highlighting the risks people face in their travels.”
He promised that the corps would continue to take action that would improve road safety management.
He therefore called on government agencies, corporate bodies and other stakeholders to make roads, vehicles and road users safer.
In a sermon, the Parish Priest of the church, Rev. Fr. Fabian Anumba, lauded the FRSC for their unrelenting efforts at ensuring that roads were safe for all.
Anumba said transportation was important for the gospel to reach the ends of the earth.
He urged the FRSC personnel to carry out their jobs diligently with love for God and man so that they would reap bountiful reward in the end.
Also, Prof. Eugene Nwanna, the Chairman, Catholic Men’s Organisation in the church, cautioned FRSC personnel to desist from standing in the middle of the road to flag down moving vehicles as they had to be alive to discharge their responsibilities to the nation.
Nwanna said FRSC should adopt technology in tracking drivers who refuse to stop for checks, while lauding their efforts at protecting lives of Nigerians on the highway.