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UN appoints Amaechi as Board Member Road Safety Trust Fund

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi

The United
Nations on Thursday inaugurated the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi
Amaechi, as an Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Road Safety Trust

The inauguration took place at the United Nations Secretariat 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
“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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