Several Injured In Third Mainland Bridge Accident

Several Injured In Third Mainland Bridge AccidentAn accident that occurred on the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos has left many people severely injured.

The accident happened on Saturday morning and involved a Toyota Hiace commercial bus and a Camry car.

Witnesses said both vehicles were headed from Lagos Island towards the mainland.

Emergency workers from the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Commission were at the scene of the accident to rescue the victims.

The injured were later rushed to the Accident and Emergency Centre at the old Lagos Toll Gate.

Kaduna Govt. Bans FRSC Operations In State Capital

Southern Kaduna: El-Rufai Advocates More Funding For Security AgenciesThe Kaduna State Security Council has banned officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), from operating in the state capital and other urban centres in the state.

The security council also prohibited FRSC personnel from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town; a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.

A statement issued by Spokesman to the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end the state security council meeting , advised FRSC personnel to concentrate their operations in ensuring safe travel on highways such as on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

The security council explained that the action became necessary after reviewing the trend and noting concerns expressed by citizens over the undue hardship and accidents people have been exposed to at FRSC checkpoints and from reckless tanker drivers.

Also according to the statement, the council took the decision following complaints about acts of disrespect to the public and alleged extortion from motorists.

On the other hand, the council has also demanded that the transporters should stop loading firewood, tomatoes and other goods on top of petrol tankers throughout the state.

They drew the attention of the public to the threats such practices pose to lives and property.

The Security Council, therefore, mandated security agencies to ensure compliance with those directives, as well as impound defaulting tankers.

Doctors Battle To Save Girl Knocked Down By Hit And Run Driver In Osogbo

accident-in-osunDoctors are battling to save a 16-year-old girl after she was knocked down by a hit and run driver in Osogbo area of Osun State.

The driver of the car with registration number Lagos EC 310 SMK on Saturday rammed into the New Orisunbare Market at MDS area in Osogbo, and knocked down the girl.

Eyewitness said men of the Osun State Ambulance Service got to the scene on time and took the girl away.

The victim whose name could not be ascertain by Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, sustained serious injury and was immediate rush to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LTH).

She was in coma when she was brought to the hospital and officials said they could not handle her case. She was eventually taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife.

The eyewitness said that the driver ran away to avoid mob action.

The car also hit another car with registration number Lagos LND 186 BK from behind and the second car tumbled in the middle of the road.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission controlled the traffic at the scene as policemen from State Traffic Section evacuated the two cars from the scene.osun-accident

The eyewitness further said that some policemen were chasing the car believed have contravened traffic rule at Ola-Iya junction. He had refused to stop when the traffic light was on red.

A commercial motorcycle operator who was coming behind the car when the incident occurred told Bosede that the driver lost control while trying to evade arrest as the policemen chased him.

“I was coming behind the car. He was on top speed because two policemen that were inside a Korope (mini commercial bus) were chasing him. He knew they were chasing him and he was running fast.

“That was why he hit another car, knocked down a girl and rammed into a shop in the market. The policemen that were chasing the car, one male and one female disappeared immediately the accident happened.

“It was God that saved me and my passenger. See my leg, I also sustained injury. But I thank God. The lady that was knocked down sustained serious injury on her head and her body was also shattered. I just pray that she would survive but I doubt it,” the Okada rider narrated.

The spokesman for the police in the state said the policemen at Ola-Iya junction could not have chased the car because there was no vehicle attached to them. She assured reporters that the matter would be investigated diligently.

2016: We Arrested 7,645 Traffic Offenders In Bayelsa – FRSC

FRSC Arrests 7,645 Traffic OffendersThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Bayelsa, says it arrested no fewer than 7,645 traffic offenders in the state between January and November 2016.

The State Sector Commander, Mr Wobin Gora, disclosed that the offenders violated different traffic rules and regulations.

“The offences include worn-out tyre, failure to use seat belt, fake drivers’ license and those without a license. We have been able to conduct series of mobile court sessions within the months and they have been very impressive.

“FRSC is committed to safer road in Bayelsa, for those of you, who drive carelessly and break traffic rules and regulations; you cannot go unpunished.

“Whoever violates traffic offence will definitely be arraigned and punished accordingly,” he said.

Gora also urged the commercial road users to steer clear of speeding and dangerous driving.

He explained that reckless driving is the major cause of fatality on the highways and within the capital city.

“Before going out with your vehicle, make sure that everything is in order as part of support in promoting safer roads across the country,’” he added.

FRSC Withdraws Ban On Petroleum Tankers Movement

FRSC, Petroleum TankersThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has stepped down its directive to ban all petroleum tanker drivers from embarking on night journeys from Monday, December 19, 2016.

Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, revealed the agency’s decision to reporters on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Oyeyemi said that the decision was taken to ease the movement of goods across Nigeria during the yuletide, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation gave assurance of adequate supply of petroleum products during the period.

He noted that in spite of the reversal, the FRSC would ensure that tanker drivers comply with the minimum safety standards.

The corp marshal stressed that the compliance would help to prevent issues of over speeding and avoidable loss of lives.

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge Another tanker accident occurred on Thursday at the Kara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This comes barely less than a month after the road witnessed a horrifying accident that claimed four lives.

The latest one occurred just a few metres away from where the initial one occurred.

The accident happened when a tanker lost control and rammed into a passenger bus conveying 12 passengers, almost knocking it over the bridge.

The incident led to traffic build up but the combined effort of the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission, Lagos State Fire Service and the Ogun State Road Marshals brought it under control.

Thankfully, no life was lost but those with injuries are said to be receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

Road Safety Officials Begin Special End Of Year Patrol

FRSC-2-620x400The Federal Road Safety Commission  (FRSC) in Nigeria has flagged off the 2016 end of year special patrol and ember months’ sensitisation programme for commercial drivers in Osun State.

The flag-off was commissioned by Zonal Corps Commander of the FRSC zone 11, Assistant Corps Marshal Aipoh and the State Sector Commander, Umar Ibrahim.

According to Mr Ibrahim, the high rate of road accidents in some flashpoints of the state including the Ilesa-Akure Road necessitated the special patrol to complement the ember months’ campaign which had been a yearly campaign to curb incessant road accidents and avoidable loss of lives during the last three months of the year.

“Speed is sweet for those behind the wheel, be it private or commercial drivers and even motorcyclists but the repercussion is what we are here to guard against and we believe our roads are going to be safer than it has ever been in the past during the coming festive seasons”.

The Osun State sector commander said with the theme ‘Crash the Crash, Speed Kills’, the five major causes of road accidents during the festive seasons would be tackled to make the highways and other road networks in the state safe.

Mr Ibrahim further highlighted, that “over speeding, overloading, wrong overtaking, dangerous driving as well as following the wrong way which we call road violation” are the key areas to be focused on during the campaign”.

Participants at the event including private and commercial drivers as well as students from selected schools commended the Road Safety Corps for bringing some level of sanity to the Nigeria roads urging them to do more to ensure that crashes on the roads are brought to the lowest.

The Chairman of the Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MUTUN), Osun State chapter, Gbenga Ajenifuja, said that there was still more to be done between the Road Safety officials and road users.

Ajenifuja, told reporters that “issues like driving without helmet, refocusing the headlights skyward as well as drunk driving would be checked among my members across the branches in Osun state”.

The representative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mr Rauf Adeyemo, said things were gradually changing, as commercial drivers now adhere more to traffic and road regulations due to such sensitisation.

Alcohol Identified As Key Contributor To Road Accidents

 Alcohol, road accidentRoad Safety 2016 reports say approximately 223 lives, have been lost in Ogun state alone, due to a number of reasons, one of which Data Analyst, Babajide Ogunsanwo identifies as abuse of alcohol by drivers.

It’s been a week of horrible road movement, following the ongoing construction and subsequently a ghastly accident that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Although rescue efforts were promptly completed by emergency officers such as men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), and Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), commutters have had to suffer long hours in a gridlock in the preceding days.

Data analyst, Babajide ogunsawo, analyzing the road infrastructure and “how we got ourselves here” described the gridlock as “extremely horrible”.

He recalled that five and a half decades ago, Nigeria’s road infrastructure, and the network around the country was 65 thousand kilometres but, “today it’s more than double that amount – population has more than quadrupled”.

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“At the start of this new millennium, the total estimated vehicles on Nigerian roads was 1.3 million, now its seven times what it was about 16 years ago.

“Population has significantly grown as well as number of vehicles on the roads” he added.

He then stated that a logical solution would be to increase the capacity of the roads, by increasing the number of lanes and improving maintenance of roads.

However, according to him, evidence based on several global studies, shows that when countries increase the capacity of their roads, they get more cars to fill in those roads.

“Hence, we need to realise that even though we have a transportation problem, the transportation solution may not necessarily get us out of the problem.

Mr Ogunsanwo stated that although the government makes plans based on the population figures, what they are not doing right is looking through the same perspective.

He said the Commissioner of Health in Lagos as at 2015, Dr Jide Idris, revealed something that several analysts call the “greatest information in Lagos in the last decade”.

He said although it was not about transportation, it has great significance on our road infrastructure.

According to him, Mr Idris and his team had conducted a survey among bus drivers in Lagos, and it showed that 80% of bus drivers in Lagos, were either on drugs or alcohol.

The information analyst said Lagos state has the biggest economy in the country, as measured by GDP, while also recalling that the FRSC Marshall had on Thursday, stated that road transportation was the most important means that leads people to their various destination.

Analysing all the information, he came to a conclusion that “bus drivers in Lagos indeed are leaders because they are the ones that take a lot of families to their various destination.

“However, if majority of these drivers are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it only means that most of the leaders don’t know where they are going”.

Furthermore, he stated that the National Bureau of Statistics, in their last consumption reports said most Nigerian families spend more on alcohol and entertainment than on education.

Mr Ogunsanwo then posited that when there is road congestion, “we need to connect these dots so we can clearly see where the problem comes from” in order to apply necessary solutions.

FRSC Confirms Four Dead,Analyses Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Situation

Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlock, Tanker accident,One more person has been confirmed dead, by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, bringing the death toll of the Lagos-Ibadan express way accident, to Four.

He also made the confirmation that five, not four vehicles as against Wednesday’s report, were involved, while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Mr Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”

Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

After rescue efforts were completed, on Wednesday, the aftermath of the accident was the gridlock which commuters still have to suffer a day or more after.

The FRSC Boss, explaining further said:

“All those tankers, trailers that were packed because of the gridlock yesterday, started moving, and because the inbound lane had been shut down for repairs, leaving only one lane, there is bound to be a band-wagon effect.

“When those tankers are moving, there’s no way for any other vehicle to attempt to over-take,” he said.

He however stated that his men had worked over-night and were still on ground, while suggesting that “what we require now, is traffic redistribution.

“All those trailers should be re-routed so that there can be flow of traffic for smaller vehicles and buses,” he stated.

Mr Oyeyemi, then suggested three ways by which the situation could be abated.

He said, vehicles could re-route through Lekki-epe, Ikorodu or Sango-ota, Abeokuta routes.

However to make that move possible, he hinted that he would be relocating from Abuja to Lagos on Thursday, so that proper discussion could be held on how to further ease the situation.

The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The prompt deployment of men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police prevented the situation from escalating further.

Three Confirmed Dead In Diesel Tanker Accident

Tanker accident, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlockThree persons have been confirmed dead on Wednesday, after an accident that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan express way.

The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The roads reached a gridlock following the incident, although traffic officials have been working to ease the road tension so far, and joint evacuation efforts were being carried out by men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police.

FRSC Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”

Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

As early as 3:30am on Wednesday, traffic already started building-up, in what many thought was the usual traffic, which started last week due to the re-construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Unknown to them, the ghastly accident had just occurred, involving goods-laden truck, diesel tanker and some vehicles.

According to passers-by, vehicles heading toward the axis were diverted to the inward-Lagos lane as officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) cordoned off the outward Lagos-lane.

A bus driver giving account of the event said he got caught up in the traffic which he thought was due to the u-turn before Secretariat bus-stop, but on getting to the u-turn, he saw FRSC officials diverting vehicles to the inward-Lagos lane.

Tanker accident, Lagos-IbadanVehicles that were already ahead on the cordoned off lane started making a u-turn to join the inward-Lagos lane on sighting the diesel tanker accident.

Public vehicles that are Mowe-Ibafo bound, began dropping off passengers at Berger bus-stop, refusing to go further because of the situation, with passengers left with no other choice than to trek from Berger to their various destinations.

Another eye-witness who requested anonymity, explained that the failure of the fuel tanker’s brake system caused it to lose control and collide with the truck.

Thanks to the prompt alertness of the FRSC, LASEMA, Lagos State Firefighters, and Police who were able to bring the situation under control with rescue operations still ongoing.

FRSC Officials however warned motorists that were now driving against traffic, to be careful.

Petrol Tanker accidentA spokesman for the FRSC told Channels Television that immediately the event occurred, “Our men, LASEMA and many other emergency response organizations, rushed to the scene of the accident.

He believes that the accident was as a result of indiscipline of drivers.

“What you have seen is a classical example of indiscipline that has been happening on this road, since the commencement of the rehabilitation of the roads.

“As you can see, there are about four vehicles involved, which means two-lane carriage way had been converted to four-lanes and as a result, they struck themselves and there was a crash and also an explosion of fire.

He however, gave the assurance that the debris would be cleared while the traffic would ease as soon as possible.

Nigeria’s Yearly Road Accident Deaths Figure Put At 6,000

road accident deaths figureThe Federal Road Safety Commission on Wednesday said Nigeria losses 6,000 of its citizens yearly to road crashes attributable to over-speeding, overloading and dangerous driving.

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the figure at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Annual Retreat for officers and men of the corps from Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states.

He condemned the decision of commercial vehicle operator to overload their vehicles, endangering the passengers’ lives.

“Enough is enough on this, there is a total war on overloading as from next week. That is one of the key issues of this retreat.

“I have briefed his excellency and the governors in the north-central, north-west and north-east and we have to do this. We are moving towards the end of the year and the government has given us the support and we are going to maximise this to make sure that we reduce the crashes.

“We have commenced the enforcement on Speed Limiting Device. As at last night, over 100,000 drivers have been given citation. There is no going back on this and we need to cut down the speed. We are losing almost 6,000 lives every year,” Mr Oyeyemi explained.

He told reporters that the device was only available to commercial vehicles, even though it would be extended to private vehicles.

According to him, 65% of crashes involve commercial vehicles, a situation that had prompted the decision to make the device only available to commercial vehicle owners.

“Let us save lives first because the total vehicular density we have is just about 12 million to a population of 173 million and a road network of about 243,000 kilometres,” he highlighted.

While Mr Oyeyemi restated the commission’s commitment to enforcing the speed Limiting Device Technology on all commercial vehicles, the Benue State Governor Mr Samuel Ortom, who is represented by his deputy, commended the initiative.

The FRSC had said that the initiative was aimed at reducing road crashes and preserving the lives of road users, but Governor Ortom also has another perspective to why accidents happen – bad roads.

He decried the bad habit of communities digging up federal highways to protest road accidents in their area.

Ekiti Road Users Must Exercise Extra Caution, FRSC Warns

Ekiti-RoadNigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned road users in Ekiti State to exercise extra caution on the roads due to the hilly topography.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Kugu Ismaila, who spoke to reporters in Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state on Monday identified the very dangerous highways in the state and called on motorists to be very careful while driving.

According to him, regular interface with commercial drivers and motorcyclists has been able to keep the rate of accidents low in the state.

The FRSC boss further advised road users in the state capital and other urban centres to be mindful of their tyres expiry dates.

He stressed that expired tyres and potholes remained the major causes of accidents on Nigerian roads.

Mr Ismaila further said that officers who are caught extorting money from commercial drivers instead of normal checking of papers would face the law.