The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and FRSC Special Marshals in Nasarawa state have affirmed that every Nigerian has the right to road safety whether as motorists or pedestrians.
Mrs Faustina Alegbe, Sector Commander of FRSC in Nasarawa state and Mallam Nuhu Muka’il, Nasarawa state Coordinator of FRSC Special Marshals, urged Nigerians not see road safety as a privilege but a right.
They stated this in separate interviews with newsmen in Lafia, yesterday after holding a FRSC 2017 Special Marshals Sectoral Workshop with the theme ‘Road Safety is not a Privilege but a Right’.
Alegbe said road safety is essential for every person in the country whether as a motorist or pedestrian adding that everyone has a right to use of the road in the safest possible condition.
“Everybody has equal right to the use of the road whether you are a pedestrian, motorist, special marshal, journalist, you all have a right to make use of the road in safety. That is what we are projecting here today, that, road safety is not a privilege but a right” She said.
She added to successfully instill the right of road safety and usage in the minds of Nigerians, a lot need to be done to encourage and ensure that people adhere to road traffic rules and regulations so as to avert accidents and change the mindset of some Nigerians on their lackadaisical attitude towards road safety.
Alegbe then appreciated the Special Marshals for the sacrifice they are making on Nigerian roads to ensure that Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) are reduced to a minimum, adding that if more people can join the Special Marshals, a lot will be achieved with regards to road safety.
“Our Special Marshals are really doing a lot. They work in partnership with us. They are volunteers. Despite their tight schedule, they always make out time to ensure that our roads are safe. We are very satisfied with the performance of our special marshals in Nasarawa state,” She said.
Also speaking, Muka’il said the reason for the choice of the theme ‘Road Safety is not a Privilege but a Right’ in 2017 is to expose Nigerians to the fact that they have a right to safety on Nigerians roads and should stop seeing it as a mere privilege.
“Our goal is to entrench this theme in the minds of many Nigerians with the hope of expecting a radical change in the way they make use of the roads. We want them to make use of the roads properly and safely and to do that, they must adhere to road traffic rules,” He said. (Leadership)