Bauchi state government has inaugurated 2021-2022 road safety advisory council.
The state governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, who performed the inauguaration, said the move will provide enabling opportunity to showcase the state needs to the international communities as related to road safety.
Represented by his Deputy, Senator Baba Tela, the governor, identified some of the numerous road safety challenges to include constant eroded road, narrow bridges, faulted bridge and faulted texture and lack of adequate road furniture.
He said that the World Bank palliatives through this strategy will address most of these challenges as plans have reached advanced stage to install surveillance cameras along World Bank corridors Bauchi, Darazo and Potiskum inclusive.
According to the governor, the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy two (2021-2030) is aimed at reducing road traffic crash fatality rate by 50% during the set target.
He added that after reviewing the maiden NRSS, the south west achieved 41% of the set initiative, followed by south east with 29%, while the least performing regions are North West with 12% and North east 13%.
The governor called on the citizens to key into the initiative for its successful implementation with MDAs playing their roles.
According to the governor, a technical working group will be formed, with the responsibility of assessing challenges of road safety all over the 4000km road network in Bauchi state.
After the assessment, the governor said possible solutions will be forwarded to the National Council, headed by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.