The Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday during a sensitization program on road safety and the use of automobile safety kits organized by the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria.
During the program, which was organized in collaboration with the West Africa Automobile Services Limited, a company registered in Egypt to produce safety kits, the minister revealed that countless lives could be saved if drivers adhered to simple road etiquettes.
The minister, represented by the Director of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration in the ministry, Musa Ibrahim, expressed, "This initiative is a welcome development. We want to thank President Bola Tinubu for creating an investment atmosphere to allow our brothers from West Africa Automobile Services Limited to come to the country to invest."
“We will ensure that in no distance time, we put in a policy to aid the use of safety kit and make the scheme a success. We know the number of lives that would have been saved if there were safety kits.”
President, RTEAN, Musa Maitakobi, said the intention of the collaboration and launch of the kits was to transfer the investment to the Nigerian economy.
Maitakobi, who was represented by the Deputy RTEAN President, Muhammad Bushara, noted that by strategically partnering with businesses, individuals, and community organisations, the association aims to raise awareness on the importance of automobiles safety kits in vehicles.
He said, “We would encourage car owners and drivers to equip their vehicles with comprehensive safety kits, educate individuals about the essential components that contribute to a well-equipped safety kit, and promote safe driving practices and responsible ownership by emphasising the importance of preventive measures.
“The launch of this initiative is a significant milestone for us. It represents our unwavering dedication to promoting road safety and reducing the occurrence of preventable accidents. We are confident that by making these safety kits easily accessible to all vehicle owners, both private, state and federal government, we can make a substantial impact on protecting lives and enhancing the overall safety culture within our country,”