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It’s worrisome how Nigerians snap, video crash scenes rather than help victims – Gov.Obaseki


Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has decried the nonchalant attitude of many Nigerians at road traffic accident scenes, describing it as `worrisome’.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Obaseki called for more public enlightenment on the need for members of the public to take action to save lives whenever they witnessed accidents.

The governor spoke at the commencement of activities to mark the 2017 African Union Road Safety Day/ World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes.

“When road crashes occur, prompt response of various relevant agencies should be required to rescue and evacuate the victims for optimal medical care.
“But there is a trend we are observing: I ran into a road crash, very fatal one, a couple of months ago.
“Rather than people rushing to aid victims, you had people standing by and using their cell phones to record those crashes.
“I found that worrisome and it is something we the agencies should take on and encourage and educate people that we must be first responders.
“When we arrive at accident scenes, the first thing we should do is to go out there and try to assist, not to make it incident for entertainment,’’ he said.