World Bank commends FRSC best example of lead agency in Africa
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia received commendation from the World Bank and the Sub Saharan African Transport Programme (SSATP) for exemplary execution of road safety programmes in Nigeria.
At the 2012 Road Safety Workshop held in the East African country, Nigeria was singled out as a role model which other African countries should emulate in terms of road safety.
The commendation comes on the heels of the recommendation of the Oronsaye Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, that FRSC be merged with the Nigeria Police.
In an independent presentation at the workshop in the Ethiopian capital, Per Mathiasen, SSTAP’s transport specialist, said the increase in road traffic crash data in 2008 was due to good reporting developed by the FRSC.
The high figures, he said, have since been trending down due to improved enforcement strategy, adding that this downward trend in Nigeria was not replicated in any other country visited.
Other issues highlighted by the speaker include the world-class drivers licence developed by the FRSC, which he said is very difficult to forge.
Mathiasen also commended the dedication of FRSC personnel, including the volunteers, saying the technology deployment in Nigeria through FRSC is unparalleled in sub-Saharan Africa.
He attributed the success to the establishment of the FRSC under the presidency with its clear mandate and budget and recommended this framework for other African countries to emulate.
Looking at the FRSC’s overall mandate, Mathiasen said the agency has “filled in the gap for a formal Lead Agency,” adding that there is need for a National Road Safety Advisory Council as expressed in new Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) 2012-2016.
The workshop was unequivocal in applauding the efforts of the FRSC in leading the West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) in ensuring road safety in the sub-region, and other sub-regions were urged to emulate the good example.