|Scene Of A Road Accident On A Nigeria Road|
Report By: Campaign For Democracy, South-East Region Publicity Arm
The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has blamed the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Federal Government for the incessant road accidents experienced on Federal Highways in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, CD South-East Region.
``It is an obvious that the FRSC had failed to put in place road signs and markers in major highways, newly reconstructed highways also lack this vital road furniture to guide to its users".
``This non availability of signs and markers had created lots of confusion on the roads leading to incompetent drivers doing the wrong things while on high speed, which ends in ghastly motor accidents".
``Also, the Federal Government should be blamed for not taking measures to repair collapsed roads in the country especially those in the South-East, where erosion is eating up most of them up,’’ the statement said.
The statement also said that CD was giving Mr Osita Chidoka, FSRC Corp Marshal, a period of one month to start the installation of road signs and markers.
``Road signs and markers should also involve necessary signs for speed limits especially on roads that have sharp bends or terrains that are not even".
``An average of 9,000 Nigerians die each year as a result of bad roads and non availability of road signs and markers on Federal Highways".
``And road accidents had killed more Nigerians than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined,’’ the statement said further.
In a related development; CD has called on the FRSC to extend its deadline on the issuance of the new plate numbers in the country.
CD said that ``It should be extended to another six months after its present August 31, 2013 deadline in order to give people enough time to procure the new plate numbers".