Speaking during an advocacy visit by World Bank road safety consultants, Itah expressed his delight with the World Bank initiative of integrating safety components on road rehabilitation and construction in Nigeria as it would add value to traffic enforcement and proper identification of vehicle owners, across the country. The Director-General said these innovations had made Nigeria an investment destination which would no doubt provide the potentials for socio-economic development.
Earlier in his presentation, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Osita Chidoka said the World Bank consultants were in Nigeria for a review of the FRSC enforcement capacity, in line with the World Bank Safe corridor project which seeks to infuse road safety components into road construction and rehabilitation in Nigeria. Also speaking, the World Bank Consultant, Minze Beuving, expressed his delight at the level of data collation and management by the FRSC and road infrastructure in the FCT but urged the Federal Government to re-double efforts in the area of traffic enforcement bordering on speed limit and use of safety helmet.
In a related development, the Minister for Works, Mr. Mike Onolememe has said that Nigeria enjoys a rewarding partnership with the World Bank in the area of road development projects which has contributed immensely to the rehabilitation of numerous black spots along various sections of the highways and will serve as an impetus for a 50% reduction of road crashes in Nigeria. According to the Minister, World Bank is presently funding the construction of 6 pedestrian bridges at strategic locations in the FCT to add value to safer road use in the metropolis and urged the global financial institution to replicate the safe corridor parts project in other of the country.
The World Bank consultants were also at the National Assembly to interface with the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs and House Committee on Road Safety to push for stronger legislative framework to enhance the capacity for the Federal Road Safety Corps to effectively discharge its statutory mandate.