24th August, 2011
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), according to aÂ Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Adesina, will discuss among otherÂ issues of national importance, the deplorable condition of NigerianÂ roads during the ongoing national conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,Â which have become death traps following an outright neglect by government at all levels.
Adesina, who was the guest lecturer at the Nigerian MedicalÂ Association (NMA) Annual General Meeting with a theme: “MedicalÂ Practice and Law” in Abeokuta today, condemned the condition of most of Nigerian public utilities,especially roads, saying they become death traps as a result ofÂ long year neglect.
He said governments, at all levels, despite all taxes generated fromÂ vulnerable working population, have failed in their responsibilitiesÂ to provide well constructed and hazard free roads that would be devoidÂ of accidents and other road mishaps.
He declared that the Nigerian Bar Association would look into theÂ deplorable condition of Nigerian roads which have claimed hundreds ofÂ lives, especially Lagos-Ibadan road which he regarded as theÂ busiest, but most neglected road in Nigeria as well as the Abuja-KadunaÂ road.
He implored state governments to join hands with the Federal GovernmentÂ dualise and rehabilitate roads in order to reduce carnage onÂ Nigerian roads which he said, claims an average of five persons daily.
Adesina urged state governments to stop using roads categorisation as an excuse for not fixing bad ones, since any road that falls under the territory of any state governmentÂ belongs to it and should be taken care of .
” I don’t believe in useless categorisation of roads as beingÂ Federal, State or Local, once a road falls under one governmentÂ territory, I think that government should be held responsible,” heÂ said.
He urged Oyo, Ogun and Lagos state governments to find lastingÂ solution to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which he said had claimed a lotÂ of lives in recent times, adding that the deplorable state of the road,Â being the busiest and worst road in the country, called for an urgentÂ attention.
He added, “it’s a paradox that Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which is theÂ busiest road, it’s also the most neglected in the country. I thinkÂ those state governments that lay claim to Lagos-Ibadan ExpresswayÂ which are Ogun, Oyo and Lagos should now find solution as matter ofÂ urgency to reduce carnage.”
He further implored both government and Federal Road Safety Corps toÂ ensure people’s compliance with traffic rules in order toÂ ensure accident free society, asking Federal Road Safety CorpsÂ to ensure effective traffic monitoring on the roads as thisÂ will also reduce accidents.
Adesina also urged the medical practitioners across the country to offerÂ first aid treatment to road accident victims, saying that theÂ primary duty of any medical practitioner is to save life.
By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta