Group Partners OntheHighwayAfrica to Help Poor Accident Victims
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A Germany-based charity organization, Bremer Good Fellows eV has reached out to accident victims in Lagos, Nigeria. The group is working closely with OnThe HighwayAfrica to help people after road accidents on the motorway. Financial assistance is given to help cushion the pains and agony of people involved in road traffic crashes.
In an inaugural presentation which took place in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja recently, Founder, OntheHighway Africa and the Project Director, on the Highway Accident Victims Relief, Julie Chi-Nwaoha, appreciated the Bremer Good Fellows for the swift response towards partnering the project. Chi-Nwaoha said road traffic crashes are not accidents, they are predicable consequences of actions that are preventable.
She added that the global status report on road safety by World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. That excessive and inappropriate speed are the primary causes of crashes on the roads, that these crashes have led to injuries and most time untimely death of the victims. The President of the Club, Bremer Good Fellows eV-( BGF), Mr. Chukwudi Unachukwu who spoke via Zoom at the event, said his organisation is partnering the project due to their vision and mission which is to show love by helping one another in need and to make the world a better place for everyone.
“The cost of treatment and hospital bills are very high and most time out of the reach of the common man”, he said. The BGF Charity Organization was founded on October 3, 2014 by 12 friends who were currently working with DB SCHENKER(I PARK) Bremen-Hemelingen, and led by the passion of unity and the development of the community in order to provide for the less privileged, especially children/ motherless babies and vulnerable persons from war- torn counties (asylum seekers) in the society. While presenting a cheque to one of the recipients of the fund relief for payment of his hospital bills, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Unit Commanderin Ikeja, Corp Commander Fekoya said “FRSC has a mandate to eradicate road traffic crashes and create a safe motoring environment in Nigeria.
Fekoya also stressed that the mandate is enormous. She however said the Corps is equal to the task and has achieved this in past three decades. For her, FRSC has been able to engage all relevant stakeholders to work together in the promotion of safety through intensified education of the motoring public on the use of road via different platforms, intensified rallies, visits to parks daily on sensitization and checks carried out on vehicles before they proceed on their journey as well as prompt rescue services to reduce crashes by 15 per cent and fatality by 20 per cent abiding in the tenet of 2021 strategic goal and effective enforcement with emphasis on causative offences of crashes also known as critical offences. Present at the presentation were a Neurosurgeon with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Bamidele Ayodele, and a team of nurses at LASUTH, who were obviously excited to welcome the kind gesture from the foreign organization coming to assist patients financially.
Ayodele said government cannot do it alone thus contributions from private and individuals are appreciated. He added that ” Governor’s( Sanwo-Olu) bold leadership has continued to spur the health sector in contributing to saving lives.” While appreciating the project initiative, he urged more organizations to emulate Bremer. Meanwhile, the two recipients of the funds who were in coma as at the investigation stage have started recuperating. One of them was preparing of being discharged from the hospital at the time of this visit. The recipients relations were thanked their benefactor for their kind gesture.
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