From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has inaugurated the Niger State chapter of the National Road Safety Strategy Advisory Council (NARSAC).
The inauguration was held recently at the Council Chamber, Government House, Minna.
Governor Bello, who observed that Nigeria as a nation has all the ideas and relevant agencies to make the country better, however, decried the wrong attitude, lack of patriotism and commitment to work by the people.
“All of us have responsibilities and we are all accountable to our actions and to have a better country, we must love our country and must be patriotic and if everyone is to do his or her job properly, we will have a better country,” he stated.
He enjoined the council to make the necessary impact in the society.
Earlier, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Niger State Command, Kumar Tsukwan had explained that NARSAC was established in 2018 by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, aimed at improving road safety in the society.
He expressed concern over the rate of deaths recorded annually in the country due to road accidents, adding that the council in collaboration with state and local governments will ensure that accidents are reduced to the lowest level.
The sector commander appreciated the efforts of Governor Bello in constructing roads across the state.
The state chapter of NARSAC is responsible for the coordination between state and local government in achieving road safety targets, review reports on monitoring and evaluation for effective coordination of road safety programmes among others.
The council is to be headed by the Deputy Governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso while the FRCS Sector Commander will serve as the Secretary.
Other members of the council are the Commissioners for Transport, Works, Health, Justice, Education, Finance, Environment, State Planning Commission and Nigeria Society Commander.
In his response, the Deputy Governor appreciated the Governor for finding them worthy and assured of their commitment to duty.