Joy Ekeke
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)and Nigerian Breweries PLC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a yearly campaign called ?Don?t Drink and Drive?.

Mrs Stella Uchegu, the Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commissiom (FRSC) said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that it was one of the ways of creating awareness on the hazards associated with drunk-driving by the two establishments.

Uchegu said Mr Nicolas Vervelde, the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, signed the MoU with the FRSC.

She quoted Vervelde as saying that the campaign, which had entered its seventh year, was part of the company?s ?sustainability journey? tagged ?Brew a Better World?.

The breweries boss said that the programme would also assist the company to identify ways to contribute positively to the society, to protect water resources, reduce carbon emissions and sustainable source of raw materials.

The managing director said since the launch of the campaign in 2008, 27 rallies had been held at major cities across the country and thanked the FRSC for being part of it.

He said the 2014 edition of the rally would be held at motor parks in cities of Port Harcourt, Lagos, Onitsha and Makurdi, while a workshop would hold for FRSC operatives and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

On his part, Uchegu said, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, recalled
that past studies had shown that alcohol-related road crashes remained a major global issue over the years.

Oyeyemi, however, said that the phenomenon could be averted if necessary precautions were taken.

He urged stakeholders to continue to create awareness on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The corps marshal said if concerted efforts were not made by relevant stakeholders, road traffic crashes could result in deaths of about 1.9 million people by 2020, up from a current figure of 1.3 million deaths annually.

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