By Harrison Arubu
Abuja – Nigerian families are increasingly losing bread winners to road accidents, according to a monthly `Road Traffic Crash (RTC) Report’ released by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The July edition of the report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said “Seventy per cent of deaths recorded in road traffic crashes in the month of July were male adults, indicating that Nigeria is losing more bread winners to road traffic crashes.’’
Statistics presented in the report show that the country lost a total of 423 persons to road accidents in July, out of which 295 (or 70 per cent) were male adults.
This represents an average of nine male adult deaths daily across the country in July.
The adult male death rate is three times more than that of the 91 female (or 26 per cent) of the total fatality figure in the month under review.
The remaining 37 deceased victims comprised 15 male children, representing 4 per cent of the total, and 22 female children, representing 5 per cent.
However, the male adult fatality rate in July is lower than those recorded in May and June, which stood at 76 and 80 per cent respectively.
In May, the FRSC recorded a total of 502 deaths nationwide, comprising 380 male adults, 87 female adults (17 per cent), 24 male children (5 per cent) and 11 female children or 2 per cent.
Out of the 301 deaths recorded by the agency in June, male adults accounted for 80 per cent with 241 fatalities, and female adults 48 or 16 per cent.
The FRSC called for more commitment from all stakeholders to stem the trend.