The Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) has revealed that a total of 4,418 Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) with many casualties were recorded across the country in the year 2017.
The Head of Administration and Human Resources, Ondo State Sector Command, Oko Etuali, gave the figure while speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Etuali explained that the corps has recorded number of successes in reduction of road crashes in the last 30 years of its existence.
He stated that in 1976 before the establishment of the corps, Nigeria recorded 40,881 crashes ,which was reduced to 5,993 in 2016.
His words: ” The Corps has now come of age after going through good times and tides. In her 30 years journey, it recorded for instance, a commendable 62.4% reduction in crash from 40,881 in 1976 to 25.792 within its first operational year alone.
” In this regard, it is instructive to state that the corps has doggedly fought RTC from the unacceptable 40,881 of 1976 down to 5,993 in 2016 and 4,418 in 2017.The Statistics above shows that the corps is gaining grounds accordingly.”
He revealed that FRSC was established via a decree in 1988 by the then head of government, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
According to him, the corps was saddled with traffic management , preventing and minimizing road traffic crashes ,cleaning of obstruction amongst others.
Speaking, the sector commander of Ondo State, Mr. Vincent Jack expressed his delight for being part of the success story of FRSC,having joined the corps 28 years ago.
While lamenting the attitudes of some officers in the course of discharging their duties , Jack urged them to retrace their steps or be dismissed from the service.
The sector commander,however, appealed to them to rededicate themselves and have a change in behaviour for the benefit of the corps.