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Wapic introduces initiatives to tackle road accidents

Wapic introduces initiatives to tackle road accidents

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Wapic Insurance Plc has introduced a programme called ‘Safety on wheels campaign’ to improve the number of safety-conscious road-users in Nigeria.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Wapic Insurance, Mrs. Yinka adekoya, said during a press briefing in Lagos that aside from its acknowledged expertise in risk insurance, Wapic Insurance had also shown that proactive risk avoidance was a tenet of its preaching to its stakeholders.

“As a social-focused risk advisory initiative, the ‘Safety-on-wheels’ campaign is conceived to empower Nigerians with relevant knowledge and apposite skills that will reduce road accidents and raise general awareness about our collective road safety responsibility,” she said.

Targeted at raising collective consciousness about the need for road-users to imbibe and practise appropriate road use culture in Nigeria, she said the initiative was an educational advocacy campaign executed in partnership with the relevant government agencies including the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.

She said the campaign, which commenced at the Teslim Balogun Stadium with 1,000 drivers across Lagos State, aimed to educate participants about safe road use practices, importance of adherence to road traffic regulations and appropriate road as well as vehicle maintenance culture.

Adekoya said the firm was worried about the spate of causalities and deaths from road accidents, with a report by the National Bureau of Statistics showing that out of the 11,363 road accidents recorded in 2016, about 5,053 resulted in death.

She said, “As an organisation, Wapic Insurance is triggered by this awareness to collaborate with other stakeholders to combat this menace with the Safety-on-wheels’ initiative. Our plan is to take the campaign across the country starting with Lagos State.”

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