What has the
The world safety is a facility in the
1.2million people dying every year from road traffic accidents and about 50 million people being injured. Of these figures, 90 percent comes from low middle income countries, like
What we want to see as a development bank is to promote prosperity; hence we provide money especially for road development in our countries, we see that the institutions around road safety are built up, strengthened improved so that while we are building roads, we are building safe roads and we are ensuring that the countries are doing what has to be done to make their roads safer and reduce fatality rates.
Should government be entirely blamed for the violation of road safety rules?
I think it is a mixture of things. There are series of challenges that affect road safety: the challenges of how people get licences, how people learn to drive, the quality of the vehicles that are used.
But we realised that if there is an institution in each country taking responsibility for the policies and plans around these things, there will be improvement. In my presentation at the
How do we get driver's licence, how do we improve the quality of vehicles, how do we work with the agencies to make sure the roads are safer, how do we make sure that the right laws are in place for seat belts, for helmets for those making use of the motorcycles?
So, little by little this organisation takes care of everybody, improved the hospitals so that when accidents happen, people get there quickly and worked with the police to make sure that the laws are in place and enforced. If you go on the road without your license you are fined, you are jailed, if you bring in a car and the quality of the vehicle is below standard, it won't be allowed in.
We should have that domestic approach; if you look at all the areas which need to be dealt with and we start to work with the institutions responsible for it, we would start seeing improvement. I think the
We have people along the road corridor ensuring that people drive with the right licenses, we have very good licensing system where people can't duplicate. While there is still work to be done, I believe that
How much has the
Because I deal mainly with road safety, I can't focus on road reforms. But I know that in the road safety development project there is about
Do you think the Nigerian government has done well on roads?
I think there has been a lot of improvement in the road system in
So as the network is being developed and government has a good program to develop the network, what we will like to see from the safety prospective is that the network is developed safely. As we are putting the infrastructures, it is not just the roads you are building, you are looking at the pedestrian; so you put the pavements, the walk ways.
I came in and the road from the airport I believe is not completed but as you can see there are no road markings, zebra crossing where people can cross, there are not enough cross walks. We should build safe roads and I think that once that is done we will see a lot of changes in what is happening in
I think these are some of the institutional challenges that I am talking about, you need to have the right laws in place and you need to have the right enforcement. It is not just the law, it is the enforcement; and it is not just the enforcement it is the advocacy. Even before you can enforce and make sure people do the right thing, you have to explain to them the essence behind what you are doing.
What is the total number of projects the
We have about 27 active projects spread across the sectors which are within the region of about
What is your take on
The bank sees
Insurance is not wholly accepted in this country because people are skeptical hence data is difficult?
It is the same thing in
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