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.
“The economic loss of about 3 per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of developing countries made Nigeria in 2013 alone lose N1.7 trillion, an equivalent of 10 billion dollars,’’ he said.
“I make bold to say that the FRSC 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 from 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 from road traffic accidents across the country.
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 on Government and Business Relations, Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
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 Review training needs assessment, provision of patrol cars, ambulances and tow truck by the bank.