At least 27 people died in two road accidents in Algeria overnight, including when a bus smashed into a truck, local media reported Saturday.
In one crash on Friday night, a bus and truck collided on a road connecting Constantine to the Mediterranean port of Jijel in the northeast of the country, leaving 18 dead and 11 injured, the official APS news agency said.
Six children were among those killed.
In Bordj Badji Mokhtar, a Sahara desert region bordering Mali, nine people died when a 4×4 and a truck crashed, El Hayet TV channel reported, with poor visibility a factor.
Traffic accidents are common in the North African nation, often due to speeding.
The Ogun State Sector of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed the death of nine people in two separate road crashes in the state.
Public Education Officer of the sector, Florence Okpe, noted in a statement on Saturday that the accidents occurred on Saturday around Ijebu Ife and Ijebu Ode towns while two others were injured.
The first crash occurred in very early in the morning when the weather was dark while the second crash occurred a few hours later on the same corridor at Ijebu Ife.
“The people involved in the crash were seven comprising six male adults and one female adult. The people injured in the crash were two, made up of one male adult and one female adult,” the statement said.
Two persons died from the injuries sustained in the first crash which involved two vehicles – Toyota picnic car and a DAF truck.
According to the Okpe, the crash was suspected to have been caused by armed robbery attacks when the driver of the Toyota car suddenly reversed on the highway upon sighting the armed robbers and in the process, the oncoming truck rammed into it.
She, however, said the injured victims were taken to the General Hospital in Ijebu-Ode while the bodies of the dead were deposited at the same hospital.
“The second crash occurred at about 0820hrs on the Ijebu-Ode – Sagamu Expressway, also at Ijebu Ife.
“Nineteen people were involved in the crash – three male adults and 16 female adults – and 10 people were injured while seven died in the crash, comprising one male adult and six female adults,” the statement added.
The FRSC official noted that the accident involved two vehicles – a Mack tanker and a Toyota Hiace commuter bus coming from Okitipupa, Ondo State.
She said the crash was a head-on collision as the bus due to excessive speed could not manoeuvre the diversion point and in the process collided head on with the truck.
“The injured victims were rescued to the General Hospital Ijebu-Ode for medical treatment and the bodies of the dead victims deposited at same hospital,” Okpe added.
The FRSC Ogun State Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, had commiserated with the families of the victims and urged them to visit the medical institutions or the command for details of the crashes
He also urged motorists to drive cautiously and within approved speed limits and resist dangerous overtaking to avoid a reoccurrence of the crashes.
Some private inter-state transporters have said that fares might be increased by as much as 70%, in order to improve operational efficiency and meet up with the technological demands of doing business in the road transport sector. Especially if the current downward economic trend continues.
According to them, this would help monitor the activities of their drivers and subsequently reduce fatalities in road accidents.
The World Health Organization (WHO), has estimated that over 1.3 Million people are killed annually in road accidents in Nigeria.
Meanwhile records from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), show that just one of all the road transport companies operating in the country, have been responsible for 11 accidents and 37 deaths between January and June of 2016.
Speaking with the sector’s Transport Standardization Officer, FRSC, Lagos said “Most times it is our attitude on the roads and largely impatience. The typical Nigerian driver is not ready to wait at any point in time”
However, Operations Manager, Cross Country Motors Mattias Makanjuola, in defence of the drivers says, “drivers will always be drivers anywhere anytime. What they need is encouragement.
“If you encourage your drivers and you give them training, they will perform. But in a situation whereby a driver is not having enough fund to maintain himself and his family, on the steering he will be thinking”
General Running And Efficiency Of The Sector
Director of Finance- God is Good Motors, Joseph Osanipin, points out that there is also the issue of vehicle availability and vehicle utilization. He says, “Make the vehicles available by using technology
“Know where the vehicles are moving to, know where the customers are moving from, then you can merge both and there will be efficiency in terms of operation”
A senior lecturer in the Lagos Business School, Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, says people, goods and services need to be transported to markets after being produced. Hence, she opines that if the transportation sector is faulty then the economy is automatically crippled and if it works well, the economy will easily accelerate.
A total of 77 persons lost their lives and 358 persons were injured in over 90 road accidents across the country in six days, during the Easter period according to the FRSC.
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, released the statistics in Abuja on Friday.
He said these figures represent a 9% reduction in the deaths recorded over the same period in 2015, 23% reduction in the number of injured persons and 32% reduction in road accidents over the same period last year.
Urging Nigerians to exercise increased caution as the rainy season approaches, he said that the campaign for the use of rear seat belts as well as speed limits for commercial drivers are being intensified as these have impacted positively in the reduction of road accidents recorded so far.
Following the loss of a senior official of the commission who was killed during the Easter break, the Corps Marshal also threatened to press for criminal charges for further assault on officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
He said that they would henceforth involve the Police and the Justice Ministry to ensure maximum sentence for such assault against their men.
The Corps Marshal of the Fedral Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has revealed that 257 persons died in 439 road accidents in 2014.
According to Mr Boboye, speed violation was top on the causes accounting for about 50% of the accidents.
He said there was need for enforcement of speed limits, especially for commercial operators and this, he said, would commence on June 1.
He warned that 2015 would be a year of intense enforcement, saying that the corps’ target for the year is to further reduce road accidents in the country by 20 percent and deaths resulting from accidents by 30 percent.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is the government agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria.
Founded in 1988, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operates in all Nigerian states as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
The new Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi has promised to reduce road accidents in the country by fifty percent by the year 2015.
Mr Oyeyemi said the commission has a huge responsibility to reduce road crashes and fatalities to two deaths per ten thousand crashes, in other to place Nigeria among the league of global twenty safest roads by the year 2020.
He also read the riot act on reckless driving, as tougher sanctions await reckless motorists across the country.
He said although it is too early to unveil his agenda for the Corps, he would work hard to build on the foundation already laid by his predecessor.
He said, “The foundation has been laid. We shall continue the transformation of the FRSC. We shall not fail Nigerians. “We already have a foundation that we will build on. We will improve on it. It is too early now. But we will do our best.”
Speaking further, Oyeyemi identified attitude of the Nigerian motoring public as the bane towards safer roads in the country and pledged that the FRSC will harness its potentials to ensure strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.
Addressing a parade later at the FRSC national headquarters in Abuja, the new Corps Marshal commended Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for the confidence he has with the FRSC to deliver its mandate by appointing a career officer from the Corps to succeed the former Corps Marshal, Osita Chidoka.
Boboye Oyeyemi, who joined the FRSC on 6th June 1988, was until his present appointment, the Deputy Corps Marshal, Motor Vehicle Administration and has served the FRSC in various capacities as Sector Commander, Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Operations (2009-2010), Assistant Corps Marshal, Training Standards and Certification (2008-2009), Assistant Corps Marshal Planning, Research and Statistics (2006-2008) and Deputy Corps Marshal Operations (2010-2014).
He is a member of several professional institutions such as Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, Member, American Society of Safety Engineers, Member, Institute of Road Safety Officers, London, Member, Royal Society for Prevention of Accident.
The new Corps Marshal hails from Odo-Owa, Oke Ero Local Governement Area of Kwara state.
The Federal Government has set up an inter-ministerial committee for the review of a New National Road Safety Strategy for Nigeria from 2012 to 2016. The new National Road Safety Strategy presented on Wednesday by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Corps Marshal, Osita Chidioka, through a memo by President Goodluck Jonathan was the subject of discussion at the Federal Executive Council meeting as part of the on-going performance review of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The Committee is expected to report back to FEC in six months’ time.
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku who briefed journalists after the FEC meeting presided over by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, explained that the Committee would fine-tune the New Road Safety Strategy and report back to the Council for eventual adoption and approval.
Mr. Maku said that the meeting was exclusively devoted to the discussion of the strategy saying, “As you’re aware, our country is one country that over the years has worked had to put in place a national agency for the management, control and prevention of road accidents. We still remain one of the countries in the world with high percentage of accidents and loss of lives and property on our roads.
“Nigeria has over this period since the establishment of the Federal Road Safety Commission, done a lot of work in establishing systems, establishing departments as well as educating members of the public, undertaking training and enforcing traffic regulations across the country in partnership with states and local governments.”
The Minister added that, “The FRSC has gone a long way and over the years, it has also done technical work in providing equipment to ensure that ICT is deployed to detect road abuses, and to control traffic across the country to prevent accidents and loss of lives and property.
“The agency has also along the way tried to make its services available in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health for victims of road accidents by setting up mobile clinics along the highways so that whenever there are accidents, we can have emergency support for the victims before they are referred to regular hospitals.”
He said that despite all these achievements, the nation still needs a national strategy to further control road accidents.
“So, in view of our membership of the United Nations programme on this, the UN declared the 2011 and 2020 as a decade of action on road safety across the world and as member state, Nigeria has been working to ensure that during this decade, we bring down the incidence of accidents on our roads and increase safety so that we can safeguard the lives and property of our citizens.”
According to the Minister, having extensively discussed the document, the Council observed that for the final strategy to be adopted and approved, more work had to be done on it, which would require a collaboration among the Ministries of Works, Transport, Interior, and Health, among others to properly get a comprehensive road safety strategy.