The Impact Of Federal Road Safety Commission On Accident In Nigeria (A Case Study Of Oron Highway In Akwa Ibom State)


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The Impact Of Federal Road Safety Commission On Accident In Nigeria (A Case Study Of Oron Highway In Akwa Ibom State)


Abstract


The research work focused on the review the Impact of Federal Road Safety Commission on Accident in Nigeria (A case study of Oron highway road in Akwa Ibom State).

Accident is something that can not be totally eradicated. So long as people still make use pf road, but it can be reduced to the bearest minimum.

The research work highlights the efforts of FRSC and the Nigeria police in the Reduction of Accidents on Nigeria roads. It reviews the causes of accidents and some preventive measures. It also discussed the types of accidents i.e Minor, Fatal and serious accidents. There is every need for road traffic.

Data were analyses in frequencies and then converted to percentage.

The project was successful as envisaged but with some constraints in the course of sourcing of information for the study.


Table Of Contents


Preliminary Page(s)

  • Title page
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of content

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Aims and objectives of the study
  • 1.3 Relevance of the study
  • 1.4 Statement of problems
  • 1.5 Scope of limitations of the study
  • 1.6 Organization of work

Chapter Two

2.0 Historical Background / Literature Review

  • 2.1 Historical background
  • 2.2 Literature review
  • 2.3 Road safety measures/techniques
  • 2.3.1 Care and patience
  • 2.3.2 Thinking ahead
  • 2.3.3 Avoiding aggression or arrogance
  • 2.4 Types of accident
  • 2.4.1 Minor accident
  • 2.4.2 Serious accident
  • 2.4.3 Fatal accident

Chapter Three

3.0 Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Source of Data
  • 3.2.1 Primary source
  • 3.2.2 Secondary source
  • 3.3 Methods of data collection
  • 3.4 Method of data analysis

Chapter Four

4.0 General Study of Road Traffic Accident in Nigeria

  • 4.1 Factors affecting the prevention if road traffic accident in Nigeria
  • 4.1.1 Being conscious of heavier vehicles
  • 4.1.2 Never getting too close to the vehicle in front
  • 4.1.3 Avoid the “no contest” encounter
  • 4.1.4 Be careful when opening doors
  • 4.1.5 At crossing
  • 4.1.6 One way street discipline
  • 4.1.7 Be cautious before or while overtaking
  • 4.1.8 Do not block a junction
  • 4.1.9 Be at alert when driving on an expressway
  • 4.1.10 Good condition of vehicles
  • 4.2 Case study, accident reduction on road transportation in Akwa Ibom State
  • 4.3 Ways of reducing accident in Akwa Ibom State
  • 4.4 Other things done by the state government in reducing accident in Akwa Ibom State

Chapter Five

5.0 Summary / Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1 Recommendation
  • References
  • Questionnaire

Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background Of The Study

It is now a tradition that no day passes without one reading one kind of road traffic accident or the other in both the print media and the electronic media.`

It is highly improbable that any family exist today within our Nigeria nation, which has not experienced the anguish of the sudden loss of a beloved one as a result of accidents that could have been avoided, on our road. And if we broaden our search to embrace the traditional framer work of the extended family, we can go even further and declare that no day passes each family undergoing the agony of the premature loss of one of its members.

This violent interruption of an ordered, secure existence has become a common place in the life of average Nigerian, creating a permanent state of anxiety whenever a friend, relation or colleague is waved off at the commencement of even the briefest journey on our roads. The routine greeting of “safe journey” is silently or loudly augmented by fervent prayers for a successful conclusion of this plunge into the unknown. Infact, the situation has reached an epidemic state.

This particularly unfortunate phenomenon, when viewed against the background that most of the people involved are the productive part of the population and the rampant occurrence of the accident are caused by circumstances which are believed to be avoidable, is pathetic.

Most problems of society are man-made. The motor vehicle is an invention of the human mind, any problems that accompany it’s utilization must therefore be subjected to controls set also by the human mind.

Meanwhile, it is well known that the primary victims of road traffic accidents-road users and government alike-do not always pay the deserving attention to preventive measures needed to drastically reduce the traffic an economic waste associated with road traffic accidents. All the countries of the world road traffic accident have been source of instant grief, agonies to families as well as big drains to human lives and properties. This trend has reached a chronic level in Africa and Nigeria in particular. The state of accident in road transport operation is centered on how to reduce accidents in road transport operation in Nigeria.

One of the greatest attributes of federal road safety commission and other road safety agent like the traffic department of the Nigeria police force etc have perpetual involvement in the process of controlling road user’s behavior by preventive, persuasive and the safety and efficient movement of traffic.

Every man, woman and child in this nation has a right to life, and to a life in which all his or her faculties are intact: not as an oral or visual handicap; not as a patch work freak, the result of multiple skin grafts after third-degree burns in a high way inferno; not worst of all, as a mere vegetable in a wheel chair, hearing without the ability to respond, impervious to sensations, which everybody accept as the norm of meaningful existence, become, in it’s own harrowing dimensions, part of the ever widening pool of wasted human resources or, to use an expression with which we must be familiar, yet another traffic view of “the wasted Generation”


1.2 Aim And Objectives Of The Study

The main purpose of this project report it to Review Road Accident in Nigeria, using Akwa Ibom State as a case study. THIS is accessed by looking at Accident causes, accident preventive measures, Accident records and statistic and also the different types of accidents.

In the last sixteen years, vehicle population and distance covered in Nigeria increased by almost 1,000 percent while the number of deaths per thousand road traffic accidents rose from 168 in 1972 to 352 in 1988 and safe road use and motoring habits have continued to deteriorate.(The Revise Highway Code).

Everyday, hundreds of our fellow human beings are injured, paralyzed, disfigured for life, and many are killed outrightly or die a slow, painful death. Just in four years, from 1985 to 1988, 105,342 accident with 89,006 injured and 33,096 dead were officially reported to the police. There were many more that were not reported. This inhuman accident record has far-reading effects on family life, on development and economic life of the country.

The strained health services often cannot adequately look after accident victims. Entire families, relations, friend and colleagues are suddenly swept away, bringing grief and economic hardship to the survivors. The country suffers by losing it’s talented and productive Manpower often in the prime of life. Using the road therefore is not fun and games. It is serious, often deadly business. Death comes easy to anybody through a little fault. We should therefore exercise care and patience on the roads, think about safety and avoid aggression or arrogance.


1.3 Relevance Of The Study

Most of the roads in the country draw anxiety in most motorists and commuters. A day hardly passes on these roads without a report of blood spillage, often occasioned by fatal accidents. The dilemma of passing through these roads is such that if you are lucky to travel without a scratch in a trip, you may nurse a perpetual fright over confronting or intimidating gory pictures of accident victims.


1.4 Statement Of Problems

In Nigeria and infact all over the world, road transport is the principle mode of transporting goods and people. This importance is manifested in inventory of Highway facilities and in the investment in the highway transport industry. Just as the road transport system is responsible for developing an economy through it’s flexibility and efficiency in the movement of traffic, it’s negative effects in transport industry (Oron 1988),such negative effects include noise, environmental pollution, congestion and accident.

Accident have constituted the most disturbing of these undesirable social cost of the highway system. Nigeria has an embarrassing record being one of the worst road accident nations in the world. From report of the federal road safety commission, it is clear that since 1960, road traffic accidents have been claiming 30,000 casualities and 12,000 families every year. This is an epidemic which scarifies the lives of over 190 persons per 10,000 or an average of 60 causalities mained or killed per day.

Even in warfare, such losses are unacceptable and in peace time, must be viewed with the utmost alarm, especially since the causes can be prevented or reduced.


1.5 Scope And Limitations Of The Study

The study is confined with the review of road traffic accidents in Nigeria. The research was limited due to lack of time and money to travel wide to source for materials. It was not easy for me to lay my hands on relevant materials due to the fact there are not enough materials on accidents.


1.6 Organization Of Work

This project report is made up of five chapters. Chapter one is the introduction. Chapter two is the literature review/ the Historical background of the study. Chapter four is the General study of “The review of road traffic accident in Nigeria” (A case study on Akwa Ibom state). Chapter five is the summary/conclusion and Recommendation. Then references and questionnaire.


Chapter Five


5.0 Summary / Conclusion And Recommendation

5.1 Summary / Conclusion

As we have been the causes, preventions etc of road traffic accident as discussed in the previous chapters, it is now the duty of all road users to adhere to the basic rules of and regulations of using the roads in order to reduce accidents to barest minimum on the Nigeria roads. Road traffic accident has been on the increase in Nigeria due to majority the carelessness of drivers coupled with some environmental factors like bad roads. Most Nigeria motorists do not acquire even the basic training before jumping to carry vehicles which they operate, most at time commercially. It has become necessary that every Nigerian motorist, cyclist or motorcyclist should acquire the basic rules guiding the type of vehicle he is operating in order to make our roads for smooth traffic passage instead of a place of blood spillage. Also our commercial motorists should start living a life devoid of greed, most of them are greedy.

Due to the quest to make more profit, accident is always on the increase during festive periods because drivers see that there are enough passengers and they would want to drive as fast as the wheels can carry them in order to cover many number of times and make much profit.

Our commercial motorists should be re-oriented in order to make Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria roads a whole a better place to drive or travel in.


5.2 Recommendation

  1. Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officers should be more effective in carrying out their duties of checkmating road users who do not adhere to the road safety rules and regulations in order to make for an effective accident reduction on our roads.
  2. They should make sure that ticketing vehicle which are likely to cause accidents are not allowed on our roads.
  3. They should make sure that only trained drivers who have drivers license are allowed to make use of our roads.
  4. Government should endeavour to dualize some of the roads that are death trap and if possible build more roads in order to ease traffic.
  5. Selection/recruitment of drivers by companies and firms should be done meritoriously depending on the capability, training and the experience of the driver.
  6. As a matter of fact all vehicle owners and all transport operators both private and public should imbibe a comprehensive maintenance culture i.e maintaining their vehicles form time to time in order to run away from certain disappointments that can cause accidents on the road.
  7. Also the force should endeavour to make our society toute free because some of the accidents that happen on the roads are caused by the activities of the touts.

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