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Transport Minister, Amaechi, Appointed Member UN Road Safety Trust Fund

The United Nations on Thursday inaugurated Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, as an Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSTF), at the UN Secratariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

Media aide to Amaechi, Mr Israel Ibeleme, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Ibeleme, Amaechi, who was recently appointed as

an Advisory Board member of the UNRSTF, was currently

representing Nigeria and Africa at the inaugural meeting of the

Board.

He said that as a member of the UNRSTF Advisory Board,

Amaechi will play an important role of collaborating to reducing

the number of accidents and casualties; and making a real

impact on global road safety.

Ibeleme said that the discussions and decisions at the meeting

will greatly shape the operationalization of the UN Road Safety

Trust Fund.

“The UNRSTF was established in April 2018 to address the

worldwide accident crisis resulting in 1.3 million lives lost and

additional 50 million injured on the road each year.

“The United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund was establish 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 mobilise resources from the

government, intergovernmental or non-governmental

organisations and the private sector for immediate and effective

action in any case,” Ibeleme said.

Ibeleme noted that since Amaechi assumed duty as Minister of

Transportation in Nov. 2015, there has been a renaissance in

the Nigerian Transportation system.

He said that his involvement in the UNRSTF will bring about

more intervention in the area of road safety in Nigeria and

Africa.

 

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