Ve­hi­cle pop­u­la­tion on Nige­rian roads un­known – FRSC boss

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

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.

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