From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The General Secretary, National Union of Textile, Germent and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) Comrade Issa
Aremu has said every year, over 39,000 Nigerians die from road crashes which he termed as road-terrorism, or better still road virus.
He stated this during a condolence visit to the NUJ Kaduna State Council on the death of its former Treasurer and Secretary, Chief Dominic Uzu
According to him, Nigeria today qualifies as an unofficial global capital of “road accidents”. Every year, over 39,000 Nigerians die from road crashes.
“In the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated road traffic fatalities in Nigeria at 39,802, while the estimated rate per 100,000 deaths stood at 21.4. Nigeria losses more humans on road accidents than 11,310 deaths reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to Ebola epidemic!
“The Zaria Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Abubakar Murabus-Tata, said the accident which killed Dominic was as a result of over-speeding, involving two vehicles, (a DAF truck and a Toyota Hiace commercial Bus) and bad road (potholes).
“Most roads are unmotorable. Drivers are reckless and often our road safety officials are not on duty.
“When accidents prove addictive as they are in Nigeria, they are no more “accidental”. Addictive accidents mean incidents for which the governments at all levels must be held accountable.
“These “accidents” are certainly not inevitable. It’s time President Muhammadu Buhari declared emergency on Federal roads. There must be a time frame to fix all major highways and halt the ongoing road-murders,” he said.
He described late Chief
Dominic Uzu ss a tested Journalist, saying his tragic death was a great loss to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and his family and all of us his comrades and friends.
Comrade Aremu commended the Supreme Court, which last Wednesday, upheld its earlier judgement and went further to fine Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) N30 million each for agreeing to file an application for the review of the apex court’s judgment on Bayelsa election.
“It is commendable that for once Supreme Court damned what I see as an increasing dictatorship of some lawyers and desperate politicians which if not checked might undermine democracy.
“I also hailed the ousted governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, for his statesmanship for accepting the final ruling of Nigeria’s highest court, Supreme Court that nullified his victory at the November 16th, 2019 governorship election in the State.
“Democracy tasks all stakeholders to abide by the rule of law if democracy would be sustainable. Some lawyers are turning courts as temple of justice into arena of transactions of market place.
“Lastly politicians must be serious about democratic process but not too serious such that they can be serious again.
“Democracy is about compromises. The idea of demonstrations at EU and American embassies to resolve electoral matters is not only ill informed but unacceptable and must be discouraged.
“ Americans would not go to Nigerian embassy in Washington to perfect their electoral processes which indeed are full of imperfections,” he stressed.