ABOUT The Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS)
The declaration of the period 2011-2020 as a Decade of Action for Road Safety by the United Nations General Assembly is evidence of global concern for the menace of road traffic crashes, and a mandate for every member nation of the UN to put adequate measures and cohesive plan of action in place, towards addressing the scourge by the year 2020. The resolution was borne out of series of consultations, studies and reports, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) report of 2004 which warned against impending global catastrophe if concerted efforts are not made by relevant stakeholders to deal with the challenge of road traffic crashes (RTCs). The objective of the Decade of Action is to create a situation where neither death nor serious injury results from RTCs.
The Federal Government recognizes the need to reshape the nation’s transportation system, which is predominantly road-driven. This heavy dependence on the road for human and cargo transport, coupled with several other factors, namely environmental, human and mechanical, are instrumental to the incidence of road crashes, resulting in countless cases of injuries and deaths.
Our vision of placing Nigeria among the top twenty economies by 2020 may not be actualised where road traffic crashes continue to threaten the nation’s public health even well ahead of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and childhood diseases. For example, in 2012 alone, over 4,000 lives and an estimated US$8b were lost through road traffic crashes.
The Nigeria government in her commitment to the realization of this laudable objective and believes that the first step towards achieving the objective is the institutionalization of strategic planning. The Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) is a medium term sector strategy which provides a framework for developing and applying the missing blocks required to achieve the Road Safety Vision which cuts across the safe systems approach advocated by the UN Decade of Action (2011-2020).
The NRSS encapsulates the growing national consciousness on issues of road safety, the spirit of collective responsibility and determination to reduce the level of RTCs and ensure that neither deaths nor serious injuries result from these crashes. The NRSS has the vision of a country where “Road Traffic Crash results in no death” and a goal of “reducing road traffic crash fatality rate by 35% by 2020”.
The NRSS is the end product from an all-inclusive process with stakeholders drawn from both the public and private sectors. It highlights the current road safety situation in the country; intervention strategies; road safety management; monitoring and evaluation framework; implementation cost; and key success factors/enablers for the effective implementation of the strategy.