26-27 September 2019, Lagos, Nigeria - As countries around the world move to attain the United Nation’s goal of sustainable cities and communities, the Nigerian government has reinstated its determination to strategically collaborate with UNITAR and the private sector to conduct high visibility enforcement programmes to reduce deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes.
UNITAR in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the support of Diageo hosted a two-day training workshop that involved practical checkpoint exercises and use of breathalyzers. The participants also discussed solutions and shared best practices on road safety legislation and regulation, road and transport infrastructure, as well as pedestrian responsibility and leadership.
The workshop was officially inaugurated by Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Nigeria. “We are committed to improving road safety in Nigeria all year round. Our officers are very excited at the training opportunities provided by UNITAR with the support of Diageo. It is a step in the right direction and we are providing necessary measures, structures and policies to ensure that the partnership achieves its set objectives, Mr. Oyeyemi said”.
Following a multi-stakeholder approach, this workshop brought together 84 officials from the agencies responsible for road safety, business leaders, road safety experts, media, NGOs and civil society to share practical solutions and concrete strategies that help reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries.
This workshop is a step towards the implementation of a long-term educational programme that aims to contribute to advance the global road safety performance target 9 that calls “to halve the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities related to drivers using alcohol by 2030”.