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460 die instantly in road crashes

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About 460 People have died instantly on-road crashes across Nigeria in the 1st Quarter of 2021.

Former Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps Osita Chidoka stated this at the 10th Anniversary of Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand Foundation.

Chidoka observed that there was a dire need to engage Nigerian roads, as most road dividers were concrete making most crashes fatal.

He advocated the use of recycling materials for road dividers to reduce the fatal impacts of crashes’

President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen called for enforcement of laws and stiffer penalty for violators of road safety laws.

She said many road crashes were avoidable and were attributed to recklessness by road users.

The event had in attendance the Minister of FCT Mallam Muhammadu Bello, Minister of Transportation, Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti State Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Plateau State Simon Lanlong, Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and others.

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem was inspired to set up the foundation after a ‘hit-and-run’ driver killed her 32-year-old son, Samson Kwapda’as in 2011 in Jos, Plateau State.

Reporting by Muzha Kucha, editing by Tina Oyinsan