NOIPolls has identified the people in the South-east region of the country as the highest respondents to its safety on Nigerian roads, poll which was conducted in May this year.
The poll result, which was obtained by THISDAY, revealed that the South-east region had the highest proportion of people that thought that Nigerian roads are unsafe. The organisation said not less than 82 per cent those who lived in this part of the country were of the opinion that Nigerian roads are unsafe.
This is followed by the South-south, which has 79 per cent. On the other hand, the North-central region of the country has the highest proportion of respondents who thought the roads are safe (18 per cent in total), followed by the North-west region (16 per cent in total).
According to the organisation, respondents were asked why they think Nigerian roads are safe or unsafe? Respondents who indicated that Nigerian roads are safe (13 per cent of the total) gave their opinions regarding why they thought Nigerian roads are safe. The most popular reason (62 per cent) given was that “FRSC is engaging in effective monitoring of the roads”, followed by 38 per cent who were of the opinion that “there are on-going construction and maintenance works on some roads and they are improving”.
NOIPolls had in its report published in THISDAY said about 7 in 10 Nigerians (71 per cent) are of the opinion that Nigerians roads are unsafe. Similarly, about 8 in 10 Nigerians (82 per cent) believe that bad roads, followed by reckless driving (73 per cent), are mainly responsible for the spate of accidents on Nigerian roads.
According to the poll result, Nigerians are of the opinion that the government can make the roads safer by fixing the bad roads and empowering relevant agencies such as the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) to carry out their statutory roles and responsibilities effectively.
The poll was part of the organisation’s sensitisation campaign on safety on Nigerian roads as part of the activities meant to address the spate of road accidents during this period of the year regarded as the “ember months”. The period is characterised by reckless driving as many Nigerians rush to make brisk business ahead of the Yuletide.