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The FRSC says road crashes have killed more people than AIDS

The Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nseobong Akpabio, on Thursday, said that road crashes have killed more Nigerians than HIV and AIDS.

Akpabio stated this on Thursday when he visited the Comptroller of Customs, Federal Operations Unit Command, Ikeja, Dan Ugo.

?It is only motor accident that can wipe out a whole family at once, but HIV/AIDS, if properly managed, the patient can still survive as long as God wishes,? he said. ?It is only on the road that you can see a family wiped out in just a minute because of the indiscipline of one person.? 

Akpabio called for collaborative efforts by stakeholders toward ensuring safety on the roads. ?Road safety is a collective responsibility and it should not be left for the FRSC alone,? he said. ?It should be everybody?s responsibility as nobody is immune to road accident; it is no respecter of status of persons.?

According to him, about 1.3 million people die annually across the world as a result of road accidents. ?More than 50 million had been injured or maimed for life and turning some women into widows and children into orphans,? he said.

Akpabio said the visit was part of efforts by the FRSC to collaborate with major stakeholders, including the Nigeria Customs Service, religious organisations, motor parks and schools.

He urged the custom?s boss to mount enlightenment campaigns for his officials on the need to imbibe road safety culture, adding that 15 formations of the corps had been established in Lagos State for effective enlightenment campaigns and coverage.

Responding, Ugo promised effective collaboration and support for the FRSC in a bid to rid the roads of accidents.

He blamed increasing rate of road crashes on indiscipline and ignorance on the part of motorists.

Akpabio later visited Lekki and Lagos Island units of the corps, where a mild drama occurred at the Lekki-Ajah toll gate when the operators insisted that the official car of the sector commander and his patrol van should pay toll.

The convoy was delayed for about 15 minutes until the toll of N270 was paid for the two vehicles.

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