Lawyer urges govt. to invest in road projects to curb accidents


An Ilorin-based lawyer, Mr Jamiu Ahmed, has called on government at all levels to invest in road projects as a way of reducing accidents and save lives on Nigerian roads.

Ahmed made the call in Ilorin on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said that the numbers of lives and property lost to road crashes on the nation’s highways was worrisome and unacceptable.

The legal practitioner described the state of some Nigerian roads as “terrible,” adding that it they had become nightmare and fast lane to death.

‘‘The lives of many innocent Nigerians have been lost due to the bad conditions of the road.

‘‘Government must act fast to safe lives of its citizens.

‘‘Poor road network will have negative effects on the country’s economy as movements of goods and farm produce to the market will be stalled.

‘‘It is time for federal, state and local governments to prioritise road projects by investing heavily in it, to ease movement of the people. Nigeria deserves good road network,’’ he said.

The legal practitioner, however, called on private individuals to team up with the government by helping to construct and refill bad roads in their communities.

‘‘It is not alone for government to do. It is everybody’s business.

‘‘Youths can as well offer community service by helping to re-fill the potholes in their areas,’’ he said. (NAN)