The Federal Road Safety Corps has said security aides to state governors hardly use seat belts while on the road, adding that this leads to their deaths during accidents.
The FRSC Corps Marshall, Osita Chidoka, said, “When we conducted a test on drivers of governors, we found out that 15 per cent of them had no license while 65 per cent had fake licences.
We also discovered that governors’ security aides don’t use seat belts; they wear the seat belts around them and when there is a crash, they become missiles being flung around and this is why we have fatalities during road crashes involving convoys.”
Speaking at the international conference on traffic management in Africa, organised by the FRSC to mark its Silver Jubilee in Abuja on Monday, Chidoka explained that road crashes affected more people in the age 25 to 45 years bracket.
He stated that the achievements of the corps had made the FRSC the lead government agency in the country, adding that many African countries had expressed interests in setting up similar agencies in their nations to combat road crashes.
According to him, six FRSC officials would soon be in Sierra Leone and Tanzania to set up an FRSC model for them.
Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan blamed auto crashes on drink-driving and overspeeding, adding that government drivers in his state had undergone training.
He blamed his counterpart-governors for not allowing their drivers to rest, noting that some of the drivers were not paid their due allowance in addition to being overworked.
“Many convoy drivers are under strain because they drive long hours without resting. The most criminal part of it is that some (governors) even pocket their drivers’ allowances or pay them part of it; this is not right, it is criminal,” Uduaghan said.
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said many political office holders were affected by what he called “authoritarian residue of the military era,” hence their use of siren and long convoys.