The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, in Abuja released its 2016 Road Transport Data, showing that no fewer than 5,053 Nigerians were killed in 11,363 road crashes last year. Of the figure, 4,696, representing 93 percent, were adults while the remaining 357 Nigerians, representing seven percent of the figure were children.
Also, 3,970 male Nigerians, representing 79 percent, got killed in road crashes in 2016 while 1,083 female Nigerians, representing 25 percent were killed. According to the report, “a total of 30,105 Nigerians were injured in the road traffic crashes recorded in 2016. 28,250 of the 30,105 Nigerians that got injured, representing 94 percent of the figure, are adults while the remaining 1,855 Nigerians, representing six percent of the figure were children.
22, 705 male Nigerians, representing 75 percent got injured in road crashes in 2016 while 7,400 female Nigerians, representing 25 percent were injured.” According to NBS, speed violation remained the major cause of road crashes in 2016 as it accounted for 33.86 percent of the total road crashes reported.
“Loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 15.43 percent and 8.53 percent of the total road crashes recorded,” NBS added. The bureau also put total vehicle population in 2016 “at 11,387,185.
Commercial vehicles accounted for 53.8 percent of the total vehicle population in Nigeria in 2016, private vehicles accounted for 44.5 percent, government vehicles accounted for 1.65 and diplomat vehicles accounted for 0.1 percent.
With the total population of the country put at 193,392,517 in 2016, Nigeria’s vehicle per population ratio is put at 0.06.” Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory FCT recorded the highest number of road crashes in 2016, closely followed by Kaduna and Niger States while Borno and Bayelsa States recorded the least.