Although Nigeria’s road traffic fatality rate has reduced dramatically in recent years, it is still high at a reported 6,450. The WHO estimates this number to be much higher, approximately 35,641. Road traffic crashes kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combined.

Although a comprehensive set of road safety laws and legislations are in effect across the country they are not applicable to all road users – for example rear seat car occupants are not required to wear seat-belts. In addition, enforcement of road safety practices, such as use of child restraints and complying with drink-driving laws, is extremely poor.

In response to the UN Decade of Action, Nigeria has committed to a fatality reduction target of 50%* by 2020.

(*WHO 2015)

GRSP activities


Providing technical support to the Nigerian Road Safety Partnership


  • Safe to School – Safe to Home
    GRSP also supported Shell on an implementation of Safe to School – Safe to Home in Port Harcourt.
  • With support of Shell, Toyota, Total, Michelin and Renault, GRSP oversaw the Abuja City Project (2011-2013), working with the NRSP to conduct a road safety audit, survey traffic count, public opinion and fact finding survey and the compilation of a report on the study.

Road user groups


With more than 270 000 pedestrians killed on roads each year, they account to almost a quarter of all road traffic casualties annually. Certain roads, especially in low and middle income countries, completely fail to separate road users from the rest of the road users, which put them in imminent danger.


With around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, it is unacceptable that some countries still do not have legislation regarding obligatory usage and set safety standards for child restraints.

Risk factors

Members Collaboration

Royal Dutch Shell

IFRC engagement

Website Carrying out RS activites Interested in expanding RS work
Nigerian Red Cross Society Yes Yes

National laws

Lead agency: Federal Road Safety Corps

Speed limit law

Motorcycle helmet law

Child restraint law

Drug-driving law

Drink-driving law

Seat-belt law

Mobile phones while driving law

Crash data

Annual road fatalities


Fatalities per 100K pop. per year




Estimated GDP loss


Registered vehicles


Income group


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