Nigeria testruns National Traffic Radio to reduce road accidents

“We have been test running for 2 months now and it ought to be for 3 months.” Boboye Oyeyemi of the Federal Road Safety Commission said.

The Nigerian government is set to inaugurate a National Traffic Radio across the country to educate and enlighten its citizenry on traffic rules and regulations to reduce road accidents, the country’s road safety police said on Wednesday.

Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi said this during a visit by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha to the Corps Traffic Radio Station transmitting on 107.1FM in the capital.

“We have been test running for 2 months now and it ought to be for 3 months. The National Traffic Radio is on google map for easy download so that it can be listened to globally,” Oyeyemi said.

The road safety said that the Corps had been test running the station since November 2019, adding that it would last for 3 months before it will be inaugurated.

He also said that the essence of the radio station was to reach out to the public towards curbing road traffic mishaps across the country including to increase advocacy and enlightenment on programmes that will lead to the safety of lives and property.

“The SGF is here today to inspect and by next week we will be receiving the National Broadcasting Commission to also inspect before we officially inaugurate, ” the FRSC boss said.

The cabinet secretary said the establishment of the national traffic radio was first of its kind in the history of the country.

He commended the efforts of the road safety commission in ensuring that road crashes were reduced to the barest minimum.

“It is a good thing to see that an organisation has its own radio station to help in delivering its mandate. This is the first of its kind and we will continue to give the necessary support,” Mustapha said.

The presidency official said “the corps now have a clear picture of what is happening across the country in terms of road traffic mishaps and addressing it immediately with the help of the information they have gotten from the public.”

Mustapha tasked the raod safety officials on responsibilities of ensuring safety on the road for motorists and the public at large.

“You need to ensure our vehicles are motorable, the need to know the speed limits and also know the conditions of their tyres, ” he said.

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