By David Oba, Ph.D
In Nigeria’s present situation of increasing road risks and dangers, the statistics on road fatalities and injuries are scary. Going by the World Health Organisation (WHO) records on global Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs), Nigeria is rated second on the top of the ladder. This was confirmed in 2012 by the then Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu when he declared that Nigeria has the second highest road traffic accident fatalities among the 193 countries in the world. In 2009, Dr. John Akanya, the then Director-General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria affirmed that Nigeria records 34,000 deaths annually on the highways as a result of burst tyres and in 2003, the then Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe stated that 80 people die daily on Nigerian federal roads. As much as these records may not match the official data on RTIs from the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Nigeria’s regulating agency on road safety, the fact remains that most road crashes are unreported and one preventable road death is highly unnecessary.