Groups meet FSRC, police, seek road ethics reform


The Accountability Lab Nigeria, in conjunction with the Akin Fadeyi Foundation, on Thursday, held a roundtable discussion on road ethics reform with the Federal Road Safety Corps, at the Federal Capital Territory Sector Command in Abuja.

Present at the occasion focused on improving road behaviours of drivers and security officials that would lead to reducing corrupt practices on roads, were officials of the FRSC, police officers, officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, and some driving school instructors.

The Country Director, Accountability Lab Nigeria, Odeh Friday, stressed that Nigerian road users could improve on their road usage ethics if given the right guidance.

Friday said, “I believe that with the right guidance, Nigerian drivers can be active advocates for road safety. We need to find ways to foster beneficial relationships between drivers and road safety officials.”

The FCT Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Ochi, noted that the Corps was focused on impacting road users as opposed to mere enforcement.

He said, “At the FRSC, our focus is on impacting road users and not only enforcement. Every one of us has a role to play to impact the level of sanity on Nigerian highways.”

The event was moderated by the Head of Programmes, Akin Fadeyi Foundation, Mrs Oluwatomi Okeowo, who held a session on the behaviours of road users and accompanying risk.

Okeowo noted that about 1,700 lives were lost to road accidents between the year 2020 and 2021, while over 10,200 were injured within those years under similar circumstances.

She said, “About 1,700 lives were lost, and 10,200 were injured by road accidents from 2020 and 2021. Yet, despite numerous offences by Nigerian road users, many of them see law enforcement officials as the issue. How then can we change the status quo with regard to road ethics?”

A Divisional Police Officer, CSP Harrison, decried the high rate of lawlessness on Nigerian roads.

Harrison noted that the average Nigerian road user, especially the elites needed to improve on their road usage ethics.

He said, “As a DPO, there is nothing I have not seen on our roads. From one way driving to unlawful u-turns. Interestingly, defaulters often resort to begging when they are caught. Our people, especially the elites need to do better.”


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