Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has officially launched the National Road Safety Advisory Council as part of an effort to prove the federal government’s commitment in addressing the challenges of road safety in the country.
The Road Safety Advisory Council is overseen by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi as its Secretary.
According to Oyeyemi, the Council is a critical part of the structure of the Nigerian Road Safety Strategy, Version 2, 2021 to 2030, which was adopted last year by the National Economic Council and approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“The Council will ensure the effective implementation of the strategy, which centres on a safe system approach to road safety based on global standards and also the five pillars of the Nigerian Road Safety Strategy, which is the second UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021 to 2030” Oyeyemi said.
According to him, the strategy presented to the meeting of the National Economic Council is a replacement to the previous one that lasted from 2014 to 2018. He added that the new edition is a decade document, which would exist from 2021 and 2030.
The 29-members of the Advisory Council include six governors representing the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. The governors are Willie Obiano of Anambra State representing the South-East zone; Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State representing the South-South zone; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, representing the South-West zone; Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State representing the North-East zone; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State representing North-West and Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara State, representing the North-Central zone.