Boboye urges more funding for road safety

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has  canvassed more funding for road safety management in Nigeria.

Specifically, Boboye wants the World Bank to support operational activities through capacity building on data management support for Local Government Station Officers,  paramedics and fleet renewal to aid the Corps in realizing its corporate mandate.

He spoke at a virtual meeting with the World Bank Transport Lead, Dr Soasemos Job; World Bank road Safety Specialist, AK Farhad; Consultant World Bank Nigeria, Engineer Chukwudi Ikejiani in participation. Others who participated include Mr Radoslaw Czapski of World Bank USA, the Rural Access Mobility Programmer, Mr Stephen Ibijiola and the World Bank Road Safety Consultant.

Oyeyemi’s requests were contained in his virtual presentation on ‘ Impact of the World Bank on Safety Management: The Nigeria Safe Corridor Project Experience’.

He said the annual brief is a platform to review the preceding year taking into cognizance how the Corps has been able to align with global expectations; while  highlighting achievements in road safety including the peculiar constraints and challenges encountered in the operational year under consideration.

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Oyeyemi stated despite the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, the FRSC made several efforts to save lives on the roads, as a key player in the broad national strategy to defeat the dreaded corona virus.

He explained that the Corps made  efforts towards achieving the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety in Nigeria, with consideration to peculiar environmental challenges and successfully recorded several mind blowing and impactful achievements.

These achievements include but not limited to the following; the adoption of Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (2021-2030), Assessment of the country’s achievement relative to the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, consolidation of the safe-to-load programme, enhanced public enlightenment, child safety and expansion of the Corps visibility among others.

While promising to mobilize other development partners and donors to support the Corps for optimal performance, the participants acknowledged the resilience of the Corps in implementing result-oriented strategies and expressed satisfaction in the overall achievements recorded so far.

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They also observed that there is still much to be done in respect of engineering, vehicle inspection and assessment and data management.