Nigeria, Two Others Rated Best Performers In Road Safety Plan In Africa

FRSCThe Economic Commission for Africa, ECA, has rated Nigeria one of the best three performers among 23 countries in accomplishing the mission of the African Road Safety Action plan.
Aside Nigeria, the commission rated Ghana and South Africa as the two other leading countries with clear prospects of achieving the activities of the African Road Safety Action Plan, adding that 40 per cent of member countries are in the process of implementing more road safety management activities.
The ECA gave the rating in a mid-term review report from the Third African Road Safety Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to a statement on Sunday in Abuja by the Head, Media and Strategy, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem.
The statement said the Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, in his reaction to the ranking, lauded the Federal Government’s efforts in ensuring that enduring road safety culture was continually imbibed.
He also hailed “the resilience of the officers and men of the corps”.
Oyeyemi assured that the FRSC would not rest on its oars, but would rather continue to devise ways to improve on its achievements and meet the standards of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety declaration.
According to the ECA report, performance of the plan is measured based on road safety management, mobility, vehicles, road users, and post-crash response.
It also noted that varying results had defined the performance indicators, given that some countries record high rates of successes in some areas, but record low performances in others.
The commission however, observed that progress had been made.
“More than 30 per cent of countries have not taken significant steps to harmonise data processing formats, and use of international standards in reporting road safety incidents; countries are encouraged to invest in research and develop safety audits”, the ECA stated.
It also advised that importation of safer and newer vehicles, and improved traffic education in schools are sure steps to reducing Road Traffic Crashes.