Vehicle population on Nigerian roads unknown – FRSC boss
There is no data on how many vehicles we have on our roads, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Osita Chidoka, has said.
Speaking yesterday at the quadrennial delegates conference of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of NUPENG in Abuja, Chidoka said the problem his organisation is facing is that the vehicles and drivers on the roads have no data and records.
According to him, most of the drivers’ licenses used by the drivers are fake, which is contributing to the many crashes on our roads.
“If you ask, how many vehicles we have on Nigerians roads, nobody knows,” said Chidoka, adding that this is the trend that his administration wants to change despite the distraction.
He said data is key in solving the problem of road crashes in the country.
He commended the Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ union as one of the most organised union on the Nigerian roads.
Chidoka said his agency is working closely with the union because tanker accidents in the country are the worst due to the number of losses involved.
The FRSC boss said many people die due to the absence of regulation in our transport sector, adding that some of the accidents are caused by fault in the vehicles but the manufacturers didn’t bother because there was no one to call them to order.
Also speaking, the outgoing National Chairman of PTD, Comrade Timothy Ogbu, said the union has now been reshaped and refocused due to the dedicated leadership of his team and the cooperation of the members.