Nigeria endorses UN Road Traffic Convention, becomes 78th party

The UN says Nigeria is the 78th country to assent to the ‘Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals’ as the country presented its endorsement on Thursday.

Chief of the Treaty Section of the UN, Mr Santiago Villalpando, stated this at the presentation of the Instrument of Accession to the Vienna Convention by the Corps Marshal of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Convention is a multilateral treaty designed to increase road safety and aid international road traffic by standardising the signing system for road traffic in use internationally.

Nigeria is also among the few countries in Africa to have assented to the Vienna Convention adopted by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 8, 1968, and entered into force on May 21, 1977.

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NAN also reports that by presenting its assent to the UN, Nigeria has deposited its instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the depository.

Villalpando, at the historic event in New York, commended Nigeria for taking the bold decision and for its commitment to implementing the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.

Speaking with NAN after the presentation, Oyeyemi described it as a great achievement for President Muhammadu Buhari, who ensured that Nigeria lived up to its commitment to the UN and other international obligations.

Oyeyemi said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, visited Nigeria in 2017 and observed that the country had not assented to the relevant UN Transport Conventions and Agreements as well as the implementation of same.

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