FCT, Ogun, Nasarawa top road accident record in December, 2018

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Habeebat Ajayi

The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ogun and Nasarawa State recorded the highest number of road accident last year December.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi made this known in the agency monthly Road Traffic Crash (RTC) report.

The statement indicated that 682 persons were reported dead and 3,953 others were reported injured in 1,107 road accidents across the country last year December.

The report showed that Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 89 cases of accident, Ogun State recorded 66 cases, Nasarawa State recorded 58 cases, Ondo State recorded 54 cases and Jigawa State recorded 50 cases in last year December.

The figure also indicated an increase of 49 per cent in causality cases and 47 per cent in injury cases compared to the record of last year November.

Meanwhile, analysis by the corps has identified Lagos-Ibadan express road as the route with the highest occurrence of road crashes in the month with 64 cases. Kaduna-Abuja road followed with 63 cases while Abuja-Lokoja road recorded 53 cases within the period under review.

The analysis also identified Kaduna-Abuja road as the most prevalent crash route in cases of fatality with 67 deaths recorded. This was followed by Lagos-Ibadan road with 24 deaths, Abuja-Lokoja had 22, Kaduna-Zaria had 20 and Gbongan-Ibadan road recorded 19 deaths.

However, 59 per cent of the vehicles involved in crashes during the period were commercial vehicles, 40 per cent were private cars, while government vehicles accounted for one per cent

“Out of the total of 1,728 vehicles involved in road crashes in December, cars accounted for 575 representing 33.3 Percent. Motorcycles, minibuses and trucks followed with 337,286 and 190 representing 21.8, 16.6 and 9 per cent” the report stated.

Meanwhile, the agency appealed to the federal government to provide adequate funding for the corps’ enlightenment activities to enhance its visibility in line with “FRSC 2019 Corporate Strategic Goals”.

 

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