According to a World Bank report in December 2022, Nigeria has one of the highest rates of traffic accidents in the world. Also, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps, 32,617 people were killed in road accidents in Nigeria between 2016 and 2021.
In summary, it is safe to say that road accidents are the third biggest crisis in Nigeria after the Boko Haram insurgency and banditry, killing thousands of people and property worth billions of Naira across the country destroyed. According to experts, speeding and reckless driving accounted for 60%, and poor road conditions nationwide accounted for 30%.
On January 4, 2023, 18 people, including a newborn, were burned to death in a horrific car accident along the Bauchi-Jos highway. The vehicle burst into flames immediately after the impact, but there were no fire trucks nearby to extinguish the flames. At the scene of the accident, 18 people died in this way.
On the other hand, one factor that increases the threat along the route is the non-dualization of roads connecting the northeast and north-central regions. The federal government approved funding for the project in 2018, but nothing has yet been done to make it a reality. The road sees a significant number of motorists every day and connects the entire Northeast state with several other areas in the North Central and Northwest.
At this point, I am calling on the federal government to provide fire trucks along highways across the country. What is needed is to protect the lives and property of citizens. A fire truck will be very helpful in extinguishing the flames if necessary. Otherwise, the federal government should help continue the dualization of the granted Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi and Gombe roads.
- Ukasha Rabiu Magama, Bauchi.
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