Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, is currently representing Nigeria and Africa, at the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSTF) at the UN Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
Amaechi was recently appointed as an Advisory Board member of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSTF).
The Sight News gathered that the UNRSTF was established in April 2018 to address the worldwide accident crises resulting in 1.3 million lives lost and additional 50 million injured on the road each year.
Disclosing this on Thursday in a statement, the Minister’s Media Aid, Mr. Israel Ibeleme, stated that as a member of the UNRSTF Advisory Board, Amaechi will play an important part of collaborating to reducing the number of accidents and casualties; and making a real impact on global road safety.
He noted that the discussions and decisions at the meeting will greatly shape the operationalization of the United Nations Road Safety Trust fund.
According to him, “The United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund was established at the request of the UN Secretary–General, following suggestions made by several United Nations member States. It aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging the gap in the mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels.
“The fund’s main objective is to mobilize resources from government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector for immediate and effective action in any case” he remarked.
He further stated that, “Since Amaechi resumed office in November, 2015 as Minister of Transportation, there has been a renaissance in the Nigerian Transportation system. And his involvement in the UNRSTF will bring about more intervention in the area of road safety in Nigeria and Africa”.
The UN Road Safety Trust Fund Advisory Board Meeting was held at Palais des Nation in Geneva, Switzerland.
Image credit: Israel Ibeleme