ExxonMobil in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has launched a Pan-Nigeria road safety campaign as part of a series of road safety programmes to address the menace of road accidents. The three critical areas of focus for the campaign are; seat belt usage, speed reduction and use of phone while driving.
According the Corps Marshall and Chief Executive of FRSC, Osita Chidoka, “road crashes has been a source of concern not only to the people of Nigeria but to most developing countries and in the next few years, road crashes may be the third highest killer of mankind”.
Chidoka said that road crashes do not just happen, they are caused and can be averted, thus, the need for this campaign which is a national reawakening to address the challenges of apathy associated with road usage in Nigeria. He commended the growing partnership between FRSC and corporate bodies particularly ExxonMobil which he said has shown commitment to issues of road safety and security of human life in work places
In his speech, ExxonMobil Executive Director, Udom Inoyo, said that accidents are preventable with the right attitude, adding that the motivation for ExxonMobil in partnering with FRSC is to ensure that Nigeria can make a positive change to road safety statistics. He believes that through the campaign, ExxonMobil will impart its values which places premium on safety on day-to-day activities which the slogan, “Nobody gets hurt”. Inoyo called on other stakeholders to support the initiative.
Samson Makoju, the representative of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) expressed their support and hopes that the result will be quite visible and everybody will soon be counting the gains.
The Minister of Information Labaran Maku represented by his Special Adviser, Henry Angulu commended the unique collaboration between the FRSC and the private sector and assured of them of government support. He said that the ministry was prepared to render necessary assistance by the use of all the electronic media to ensuring that the campaign was successful. Mr. Angulu noted that the Ministry of Information has been giving assistance to the FRSC by providing enlightenment campaign facilities, saying that they would not relent on their efforts to render such support when the need arises.