Ogun State Government says its massive investment on road infrastructure development has propelled public safety awareness and elicited change in behavioural pattern of road users across the State.
The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, made this known at the third Corps Commander’s Conference, with the sub theme; ‘’Governance and Road Traffic Management: Ogun State in Perspective’’, at the Peacock Hall of Providence Hotels and Suites Abeokuta.
The State scribe, who officially declared the event opened, noted that despite paucity of funds, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration has, among other things, raised the bar in the transport subsector through provision of rescue ambulances and ambulance bays, equipped with first aid facilities along major highways in the State.
“The UN General Assembly Resolution 64/255 proclaims the period 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities conducted at the national, regional and global levels.
It also calls on Governments for the inclusion within the plan of action, activities that pay attention to the needs of all roads user, in particular pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users in low-and middle-income countries, through support for appropriate legislation and policy and infrastructure and by increasing sustainable means of transport systems with a view to reducing road traffic accidents”, Adeoluwa said.
He also extolled TRACE as an agency of Government, for the successful implementation of the 24-hour operational activities to the nooks and crannies of the State, with the introduction of TRACE Special Operations Force Unit, the TRACE Emergency Traffic service and TRACE Traffic Whistle blower, saying these measures would further reduce traffic crashes on the roads.
Adeoluwa however called on major stakeholders in the traffic world to join hands with the Government to reinforce the governance system in pursuit of the higher goals of making cities smart and roads safer.