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FRSC inaugurates nRAP for road infrastructure development

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has inaugurated the Committee on the proposed National Road Assessment Programme (nRAP), to facilitate safer road infrastructure, and complement existing efforts geared toward the reduction of road deaths and injuries on Nigerian roads.

In a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the Road Assessment Programme is an international concept and practice that has gained acceptance in regions and countries around the globe. It targets to purposely enhance existing road safety engineering practice and create safe road infrastructure for all road users.

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He explained that the programme is a deliberate effort by concerned authorities to assess road infrastructure with a view to improving the safety of roads. In addition, the main focus of RAP is placed on improvement of roads for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, two and three-wheeler vehicles, etc.

Upon nRAP debut, Nigeria will become an affiliate of the African regional body, and by extension a component of the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)

While congratulating them for being part of the Committee, which evolved from the need to encourage maximum collaboration and coordination of strategic infrastructure investment, Oyeyemi appealed to them to make meaningful contributions that will enrich the process and improve road safety.

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According to him, as challenging as the problems bedevilling safer road infrastructure are, the task of road safety is still achievable if the requisite research, technology and expertise are adequately harnessed.

As such, nRAP will not only be a step in the right direction towards the realisation of Pillar 2 of the United Nations Decade of Action on road safety 2021-2030 but also lead to the domestication of the iRAP strategies.

The Committee members expressed satisfaction and pledged commitment to the realisation of the mandate bestowed on them, noting that the nRAP is a veritable programme that will enhance the standard of road infrastructure in Nigeria.

The Stakeholder Committee inaugural meeting was attended by the FRSC team, including Dr Remix Adewunmi, representing the National Institute of Transport Technology; Garba Aliyu, and Sita Onyelekwe from the Road Sector Development Team, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; and Amos GC, who represented the Nigeria Institute of Highway and Transportation Engineering, among others.

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