GreenLight Initiative along with other stakeholders meet Nigeria Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Today 06/05/2019 @GreenLight Initiative joined stakeholders of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety & Injury Prevention led by the Hon. Minister of State for Health to meet with the Nigeria Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. The meeting was focused on drawing the attention of the Vice President to the road safety situation in Nigeria and the need for support in terms of leadership and more commitment which is in line with the UN Global Road Safety Week theme, “Leadership for Road Safety”
The UN Global Road Safety Week which begins today 6th May 2019 is a week long program set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness to the growing challenges of road safety globally. It is no longer news that the number of deaths on the road continued to rise to a record figure of 1.35million people a year according to a recent global status report release in December 8, 2018. This is unacceptable as all of these deaths are all preventable and avoidable occurrences. With this growing number of deaths on the road, the hope of achieving the global road safety targets as stipulated in the SDG goal 3.6 and 11.2 is dashed
Receiving stakeholders, the Vice President thanked and appreciated members for their work in ensuring safety on the Nigerian roads.
While speaking the Vice President noted the following;
- Safety tips announcement before any journey just like we have it done in airplane, this will empower commuters to speak up when a driver drives recklessly.
- Functional ambulance service in all the state of the Federation, this will enable quick response time in any event of a crash or other forms of emergency.
- Making the process of obtaining drivers license a seemly and credible one
He assured stakeholders on his willingness to support stakeholders to achieving the targets. The vice president was later decorated as a road safety ambassador.