Road Safety Regulator Inaugurates Stakeholders Committee On Nigeria Road Assessment Programme


By Angeline Mgbele, Correspondent Abuja

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi on Tuesday inaugurated the Committee on the proposed establishment of the National Road Assessment Programme (nRAP), to enhance safer road infrastructures and compliment existing efforts geared towards the reduction of road deaths and injuries on Nigerian roads.

In a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal(ACM), Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Marshal said that the Road Assessment Programme was an international concept and practice that had gained acceptance in regions and countries around the globe and targeted to purposely enhance existing road safety engineering practice and create safe road infrastructures for all road users.

He explained that the programme was a deliberate effort by concerned authorities to assess road infrastructure with a view to improve the safety of roads, adding the main focus of RAP was placed on improvement of roads for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, two and three wheeler vehicles, and more.

According to Dr. Oyeyemi, upon creation of the nRAP, Nigeria would become an affiliate of the African Regional body and by extension a component of the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)

While congratulating members for being part of the Committee which evolved from the need to encourage maximum collaboration and coordination of strategic infrastructure investment, Oyeyemi appealed to them to make meaningful contributions that would enrich the process and improve on our road safety.

According to the FRSC Corps Marshal, as challenging as the problems bedevilling safer road infrastructures were, the task of road safety was still achievable if the requisite research, technology and expertise were adequately harnessed, stressing as such, the establishment of nRAP would not only be a step in the right direction towards the realisation of Pillar 2 of the United Nations Decade of Action on road safety 2021-2030, but also lead to the domestication of the iRAP strategies.

The members expressed satisfaction and pledged commitment to the realisation of the mandate bestowed on them, noting that the nRAP was a veritable programme that would enhance the standards of road infrastructures in Nigeria.

The Stakeholder Committee inaugural meeting had in attendance, the team from the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Remix Adewunmi, representing the National Institute of Transport Technology, Engr. Garba Aliyu, representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Sita Onyelekwe from the Road Sector Development Team of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and Engr. Amos GC who represented Nigeria Institute of Highway and Transportation Engineering, among others.

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