Nigeria switches to driving on the right hand side of the road on April 2.?
GV PAN Road construction in progress at busy junction.
SV Sign warns of roundabout re-construction.
SV Sign "keep Right"
SV & LV Steam roller
SCU PAN Drilling marks on road and man drilling (2 shots)
GV Ministry of Works building
SV & CU INT Minister Okunnu holding news conference
CU Okunnu holds up highway code booklet.
CU New Highway Code being studied by newsman
SV Okunnu at conference.
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Background: Nigeria switches to driving on the right hand side of the road on April 2. Throughout the country, work is in progress to convert the country's road network. To avoid accidents during the changeover period, a 20 mile an hour (32 Kms/h) speed limit will be imposed throughout Nigeria for the whole of April. Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing. Mr. Femi Okunnu, announced the limit when he launched a new history code on Friday (February 18th).
SYNOPSIS: In Lagos and throughout Nigeria, a big operation is underway to convert all highways to driving on the right. The official changeover comes on April the second, and millions of pounds are being spent to ensure a trouble-free transition.
The message is "keeping Right". A new highway code has just been launched to familiarise drives with the changeover to international road signs and driving signals. But the government is still very worried about the possibility of a wave of accidents before diverse become accustomed to the new system. During the last couple of years, well over three-thousand people have died annually on the roads. Figures for the first two months of this year are alarming--with seventy people killed in three accidents alone.
At the Ministry of Works and Housing, these statistics have been worrying federal Commissioner Femi Okunnu. And when he called a news conference on Friday to launch the new highway code, he announced an emergency measure to avoid accidents during the changeover to right-hand driving. Throughout April, a twenty-mile-an-hour limit will be enforced throughout the country.