In a bid to assist the nation’s road accident victims with financial relief, Bremer good fellows eV has partnered On the Highway Accident Victims.
Founder, On-the-Highway Africa and Project Director, Highway Accident Victims Relief, Julie Chi- Nwaoha, disclosed the development in a statement released on Wednesday.
“The project,” she said, “is aimed at cushioning the pains and agony of people involved in Road Traffic Crashes in Nigeria.”
In an inaugural presentation held in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) recently, Chi- Nwaoha, appreciated the Bremer good fellows for what she described as a swift response towards partnering the project.
In lieu of the project, She said Road Traffic Crashes are not accidents, but predictable consequences of actions that are preventable.
She said: “The global status report on road safety by World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million, that excessive and inappropriate speed are the primary causes of crashes on the roads, that these crashes have led to injuries and most time untimely death of the victims.
The President of the Club, Bremer Good Fellows eV-( BGF), Mr. Chukwudi Unachukwu, who spoke via Zoom at the event, said his Organization is partnering with the project due to their Vision and mission, which is to show love by helping the needy and make the world a better place for everyone.
“The cost of treatment and hospital bills are very high,” he pointed out, adding, “and most time out of the reach of the common man, hence the reason for our empathy.”
The BGF Charity Organization was founded on October 3rd, 2014 by 12 friends who were currently working with DB SCHENKER(I PARK) Bremen-Hemelingen, and led by the passion for unity and the development of the community in order to provide for the less privileged, especially CHILDREN! (e.g Motherless Babies) and Vulnerable persons from war-torn Countries (asylum seekers) in the Society.
Mr. Unachukwu said: “When there is a road traffic crash, the burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists, in particular those living in developing countries.
Speaking while presenting the Cheque to One of the recipients of the fund relief for payments of the accident Victims hospital bills, Ikeja Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Corps Commander Fekoya said:” FRSC has the mandate to eradicate Road Traffic crashes and create a safe motoring environment in Nigeria.
“The mandate is enormous, but the Corps, however, is equal to the task and has achieved this in this past three decades.”
Fekoya emphasized that FRSC, in achieving this mandate, has been able to engage all relevant stakeholders to synergize in the promotion of safety, intensify Education of the motoring public on the use of road via different platforms ( Institutions-religious, social and academic; Agencies/organizations; media etc), intensify Rallies and visits to parks daily on sensitization and carry out checks on vehicles before they proceed on their journey.
According to her, FRSC also engages in prompt rescue services to reduce crashes by 15% & fatality by 20%, abiding in the tenet of 2021 strategic goal and effective enforcement with an emphasis on causative offences of crashes also known as Critical offences.
She added: “Other strategies we use include Intervention Patrols- mostly Joint Patrols with sister agencies to ensure unlatched containers are prosecuted to stop the incessant falling of containers from trucks and trailers.
“Moreover, quarterly Audit of roads and report are sent to appropriate authority for repairs/update of such roads and Highways. Obstructions are cleared out of the way to avoid vehicles crashing into them. We also engage in training and retraining of staff to upgrade them with the challenges of the present time.”
Adding his words Dr Bamidele Ayodele, a Neurosurgeon with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, who witnessed the presentation with a team of Nurses at Lasuth, expressed elation over the programme.
“We are elated to see Organizations coming to assist financially in the health sector,” he said, adding that, “the government cannot do it alone, hence contributions from private and individuals are appreciated.
“The Governor’s bold leadership has continued to spur the sector in contributing to saving of lives. ”
The Neurosurgeon also urged more organizations to join in the crusade.
Already, the two recipients, who were in a coma as at the investigation stage, have started recuperating and one was on the verge of being discharged from the hospital.
Chi- Nwaoha, who commended Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu for his efforts towards the health sector in Lagos State, urged other stakeholders to join “this laudable cause of saving of lives.”
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