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.
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.
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Lead agency: Federal Road Safety Corps
Speed limit law
Motorcycle helmet law
Child restraint law
Mobile phones while driving law
Annual road fatalities
Fatalities per 100K pop. per year
Estimated GDP loss
Source: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015