The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has inaugurated the National Road Safety Advisory Council which he also chairs.
Osibanjo inaugurated the Council on Thursday shortly before the commencement of a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The committee members are six state governors drawn from each of the six geopolitical zones of the country; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; and some ministers.
The governors include Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) for the South West; Willie Obiano (Anambra) for South East; Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) for South South; Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) for North Central; Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe) for North East; and Ahmed El-Rufai (Kaduna) for North West.
Ministers who are members include Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture); Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning); Kemi Adeosun (Finance); Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation); Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment); Mohammed Bello (Federal Capital Territory); Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); as well as the Minister of State, Health, Osagie Ehanire.
Dankwabo who spoke on behalf of the members promised the Federal Government that the council would deliver on its mandate.
Speaking to State House correspondents, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi said the inauguration was in line with the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
He commended the federal government for equipping the corps with N3 billion worth of vehicles and life-saving ambulances, saying Nigeria’s road safety will be at par with global standards.
He said, “The Decade of Action for Road Safety has five pillars, first is for each member state to set up a road safety management institution and to prepare a strategic document for the country. Why we are second behind Ghana in Africa is because this document has not be ratified by the government and the present government has deem it fit to approved it after preparation.
“The essence of this is that Road Safety issues has been taken finally to the highest level in the country with the Vice President presiding over the National Road Safety Advisory Council and the six governors representing the six geo-political zones and all the ministries and agencies that has imputs in road safety and the local government.
“It shows that the government at all levels have really demonstrated openly the commitment towards enhancing the safety of lives and properties on the highways.
“Since the advent of this administration it has invested over N3 billion alone on logistics for the Corps, last year witnessed the largest procurement of vehicles and ambulances and with this we will start seeing the improvement and personal commitment of top government officials towards enhancing road safety in the country.
“Like the name implies, it is to advise the Federal Executive Council and the National Economic Council on ways to improve on road safety management in the country and we commend Mr. President and Mr. Vice President for this open declaration of their support for road safety in Nigeriaa”.
On whether this will reduce road accidents in the country, the Corps Marshal said, “Government’s pronouncement gives about 50 per cent result already. This is an ample demonstration that government is fully committed to road safety, safety of lives and property in the country.
“This is also to ensure that the roads, health institutions, all conform to global standard not only crashes but that our hospitals must have drugs, trauma centers up and running, advance life-support ambulances. It shows that government will be able to inject more funds and this will translate to more discipline on the high ways, inter-agency cooperation will be more enhanced no more barriers and with Vice President giving instructions everyone will comply. We have never had this so good”, he said.