In an efforts to end incessant casualties resulting from road mishaps in the state, the Katsina state Government has inaugurated Katsina Road Safety Advisory Council.
During the inauguration on Wednesday, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State said the council is an advisory body to the the Technical Working Group (TWG) which is expected to drive the Nigerian Road Safety Strategy III (NRSS III) from 2021 to 2030 in the state.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Qs. Mannir Yakubu, said the body is a replica of the National Advisory Council on Road Safety (NARSAC) at the national level.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Ibrahim Musa Kallah in a statement on Wednesday said the Governor noted that the Council is expected to fashion out for the state a robust strategy that will give birth to an enduring road safety in the state.
The Governor then urged members of the council to serve as a guide for the technical working group (TWG) to make katsina state roads the safest in the country where traffic crashes should result to no death cases or casualties.
He charged the stakeholders and the General public to make road safety everyone’s business, as captured in the NRSS III.
In the same vein, the Governor urged local Government Councils to leverage on the feat to ensure the take-off of the program in their respective local Government areas by inagurating the local government road safety advisory council.
He called on members of the council to put in their best to see that the menace of road traffic crashes become a thing of the past in the state and the country at large.
Members of the council include the state Deputy Governor, who is the chairman, and the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Other members are the Commissioner of Justice, Commissioner of Finance, Commissioner for Education, Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Commissioner for Environment, the State Planning Commissioner, and representative of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
Earlier, the Katsina State Sector Commander of the FRSC, A. S. Tanimu, said the Nigerian Road Safety Strategy III (NRSS III) 2021 – 2031 is a second edition of an action plan to improve road safety in Nigeria to align the country’s safety management approach with global best practices.
He said the programme is designed to promote the application of five pillars matrix to the decade of action for Road safety which is the application of the safe system approach to Road safety.
He enumerated the five pillars five pillars to include, road safety management, safer road and mobility, safer vehicle,
safer road users, and post-crash response or care.