By Uko Etim, Uyo
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Akwa Ibom has said that no fewer than 15 persons have died while 62 were injured in different road crash within 10 months of 2023 in the state.
The State Sector Commander, Mr. Matthew Olonisaye disclosed this on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the activities to mark this year’s West African Road Safety Week and World Day for Remembrance of Road Safety Victims in Uyo.
Olonisaye, who noted that within 10 months of the previous year, 28 persons were killed and 164 injured in road crashes, while expressing happiness over the drastic reduction of road crashes in the state.
He noted that the reduction was in line with the FRSC’s mandate of reducing road crashes to 5 percent in the state.
The Sector Commander further noted that this was the period for the FRSC to remember those people who were injured in several cases of road crashes.
“World Day for Remembrance of Road Safety Victims is a period where we remember all the people who lost their lives in road crashes and traffic crashes. It also avails us the opportunity to remind road users to be more careful while on the road. As part of the activities to mark this year’s Day, we are going round the city to sensitize the public on the need to add value to their lives. We will visit the emergency department of hospitals in the state to identify with the victims of road crashes and try to give them hope.”
He also cautioned motorists to desist from acts capable of endangering the lives and property of road users during the forthcoming yuletide season.
Olonisaye urged motorists to always take their vehicles to the Computerized Vehicle Inspection center established by the state government for proper diagnose all mechanical faults to reduce road crashes in the state.