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FRSC Calls for Corporate Support to Curb Road Accidents - Backs SNEPCo Photo Exhibition on Road Safety
Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osita Chidoka
...Nigeria loses a good percentage of its GDP to road accidents, and we all have to continually work together to make our roads safer.”
Chidoka who spoke recently in Abuja at the “Driver's Dexterity” photo exhibition sponsored by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), noted that with the high number of deaths, casualties and economic loss recorded annually on our roads, it is time companies began to commit a substantial part of their CSR funds towards supporting the government’s efforts. The exhibition featured works by award-winning Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, depicting hazards of road travel in the country.
The Corps Marshal commended SNEPCo for supporting the exhibition. “SNEPCo has helped to take the message of road safety to all Nigerians. Road accidents affect everyone, rich or poor. In addition to the regrettable number of lives lost, accident is also an economic issue – Nigeria loses a good percentage of its GDP to road accidents, and we all have to continually work together to make our roads safer.”
On his part Chike Onyejekwe, SNEPCo Managing Director said, that Shell in its culture of safety is committed to supporting the quest towards enthroning safety on our roads, adding; “we hope that this exhibition will bring about a positive change to peoples’ attitudes towards road safety and road usage.”
Commenting on the motives behind the works, George Osodi said, “As an artist, I feel that relevant social issues can effectively be communicated through art. I hope, with this body of work, that the audience may be stirred to reflect on issues surrounding road usage, safety and value for human lives.”
According to statistics, about 4,800 people die and more than 20,000 are injured in road accidents in Nigeria each year. Through the exhibition SNEPCo partnered with the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), to help raise awareness on road safety, in order to save lives. The exhibition was successfully premiered in Lagos, Warri and Port Harcourt in early 2010.