FRSC: Chidoka bows out, stresses benefits of safer roads

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ABUJA – The former Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr Osita Chidoka, says making the roads safer is both economically and socially beneficial to any nation which desired growth.

Chidoka, who spoke at farewell parade his honour Abuja Tuesday, said any nation which desired to develop must save the vulnerable group road carnage.

According to him, making the roads safer is necessary because majority of the 1.3 million people who die road accident annually the globe are those the productive age.

“The economic loss of about 3 per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of developing countries made Nigeria 2013 alone lose N1.7 trillion, an equivalent of 10 billion dollars,’’ he said.

He, however, expressed joy he was leaving behind the , a well-positioned organisation capable of facing the future.

“I am leaving an primed for the future…process-driven and evidence-based with staff is well-motivated and ready to face the future is bright.

“I make bold to say that the I am leaving behind has the best trained officer with excellent academic and professional trainings,’’ he said.

Chidoka said that the commission rescued 15,875 people road accidents in 2010, 43,875 in 2011 and 71,504 in 2013. [eap_ad_2] He said in 2014, the commission had so far rescued 33,269 people road traffic accidents across the country.

The former corps marshal called operatives of the commission to sustain the heights had attained over the years.

Chidoka, born in July 1971, was appointed the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in 2007 and was President, West African Road Safety Organisation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and M.Sc in Transport Policy and Logistics, School of Public Policy at George Masson University, USA.

He was a Senior Adviser Government and Business Relations, Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Chidoka also served as Personal Assistant to Minister of Transport and Special Assistant to the Senior Adviser to on Legal Matters, among appointments.

Under his leadership, the FRSC has transformed to a functional lead agency in road traffic administration and safety management in the country.

He attracted the World Bank assistance on the Safe Corridor Project to Nigeria, leading to the Country Capacity training needs assessment, provision of patrol cars, ambulances and tow truck by the bank.

In recognition of his patriotic to his fatherland, President Goodluck Jonathan conferred the honour of Officer of the Federal , OFR on him in 2011. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]