Stakeholders in the transport sector in the country have decried the high rate of accidents on Nigerian roads.
They said the country had a high road accident rate because of the bad attitude of motorists towards other road users and disobedience to traffic rules.
The remarks came on Friday as hundreds of Nigerians walk through Lagos roads to mark the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, tagged, ‘Make Walking Safe’.
The march, which began at Omole Phase II through Berger, ended at the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Ojodu area of Lagos State.
The exercise was organised by Temidayo Ogan Child Safety and Support Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, in partnership with the Lagos State Government.
The Executive Director of TOCSS, Mrs. Temidayo Ogan, urged both road users and motorists to exercise patience.
She said the exercise was to stress the safety of pedestrians.
She said, “Lagosians should accommodate all road users, while the government should construct roads that would be pedestrian-friendly.”
The National Focal Person of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety in Nigeria, Dr. Sydney Ibeanusi, said motorists caused accidents through indifference to road signs which leaves pedestrians confused.
He said, “Road users include all of us; the main factor we have identified is disobedience to the laws governing road safety. At times, when pedestrians cross the road, they don’t always know what to do because they are confused.”
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 2, comprising Lagos and Ogun States, FRSC, Mr. Ademola Lawal, said there was a need for road users to be educated on the importance of traffic signs.
He said, “The challenge we have is the attitude of road users. Most pedestrians don’t know what to do on the road. We want to intensify our public enlightenment in this regard.”
Culled from Punch