The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a proactive initiative, outlining plans for a new vehicle safety policy aimed at ensuring widespread compliance among motorists regarding the adoption and usage of safety kits.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, during a sensitisation programme on road safety and the utilisation of automobile safety kits in Abuja. The event, organised in collaboration with the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and West Africa Automobile Services Limited, highlighted concerted efforts to enhance road safety measures in Nigeria.
Minister Alkali stressed the importance of drivers adhering to basic road etiquette, emphasising that such compliance has the potential to save numerous lives.
“We will ensure that in no distance time, we put in a policy to aid the use of safety kit and make the scheme a success. We know the number of lives that would have been saved if there were safety kits,” Alkali stated.
Represented by Musa Ibrahim, the Director of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration, Alkali commended President Bola Tinubu for his instrumental role in attracting international investments, such as West Africa Automobile Services, to contribute to Nigeria’s growth.
RTEAN President Musa Maitakobi underscored the importance of equipping vehicles with extensive safety kits and fostering safe driving behaviours. Maitakobi, represented by Deputy RTEAN President Muhammad Bushara, highlighted the association’s strategic partnership with businesses, individuals, and community organisations to raise awareness about the importance of vehicle safety kits and promote safe driving practices.
Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero emphasised the shared responsibility of stakeholders in averting road accidents, emphasising a call for a unified commitment to road safety. This highlights an important aspect of the safety initiative—ensuring a collective effort from all relevant entities.
CEO of West Africa Automobile Services, Ahmed Hafez, stressed the need for collective support from all government bodies to ensure the availability and utilisation of safety kits. Hafez mentioned the company’s commitment to investing $10 million in a factory in Nigeria, aiming to create jobs, reduce costs, and contribute to the local economy while promoting the safety agenda.
“Our phased approach will leverage the Africa Free Trade Agreement,” noted Hafez.