FG promotes road safety, signs UN’s Instrument of Accession

Ezekiel Johnson
Ezekiel Johnson
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As a part of Federal Government’s efforts to address the menace of road traffic crashes in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Instrument of Accession to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of November 5, 1968.

This was made known by the Federal Road Safety Commission’s Corps Public Education Officer, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, in a statement made available to FrontPage.

He said the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who had been on a working visit to the United Nation’s headquarters, New York, USA, praised government’s commitment to the safety of the Nigerian citizenry as manifested in the signing of the document.

The Convention, he said, was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nation’s on the 8th of November, 1968.

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He said Boboye’s visit to the UN was in compliance with the provision of Article 45 (3) and Article 47 (1) of the Convention which states that Instruments of Accession shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Convention shall enter into force, twelve months after the time of deposit of the fifteenth Instrument of ratification or accession.

He said Article 47 (2) of the Convention further provided that for each member state ratifying or acceding to the Convention after the deposit of the fifteenth Instrument of accession, the Convention shall enter into force, twelve months after the date of deposit by such member state of its instrument of ratification or accession.

Oyeyemi who was in company of Ambassador Bolaji Akinremi, and other Nigerian delegation, presented, on behalf of the President, the Instrument of Accession on UN Convention on Road Traffic 1968, duly signed by President Muhammadu Buhari to the UN Chief Treaty Section Office of Legal Affairs, Mr Santiago Villalpando.

In his statement, the Corps Marshal said the Federal Government had by a decision duly reached in accordance with its constitutional provisions agreed to accede to the convention on road traffic.

According to the document submitted at the UN headquarters, Kazeem said, President Buhari emphasized the readiness of the country, through established relevant government agencies to comply with the provisions of the Convention and curb incidences of road traffic crashes in the country.

The president said in the document:  “I, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having considered the aforesaid convention, hereby confirm and accede to the same and undertake faithfully to abide by all the stipulations therein contained.”

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