A senior member of National Association of Seadogs, otherwise known as Pyrate confraternity, Vito Corsica DecK, Oghenekaro Ukavwe, has revealed the names of seven persons who founded the pyrate confraternity in the University College of Ibadan in 1952.
In a welcome address he delivered at the 2018 Annual Feast of Barracuda, he listed the seven founding members to include Wole Soyinka, Ralph Okpara, Pius Oleghe, Ikpehare Aig-Imokhuede, Nathaniel Oyelola, Olumuyiwa Awe and Sylvanus Egbuche.
He said the group is a non-politically affiliated, non-religious, detribalized body opened to members of the public whose primary objective is the upholding of human dignity and the promotion of a just, humane and progressive society.
According to him, in the organisation, no one is a victim of colour, race, sex, tribe or belief system. He said in the pursuit of the goals, the body has founded and operates registered charities in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States of America, Netherlands and Canada.
He said the body has 41 chapters across Nigerian states and 14 chapters outside the country, namely six in the United States, three in the United Kingdom, two in Canada and one each in Holland, Japan and South Africa.
Director General of Delta State Traffic Management Authority, Stephen Dieseruvwe, who delivered the day’s lecture on Driver education, A means of reducing road crashes, revealed various reasons why crashes occur on the highway.
He explained that the World health organisation’s Global Status Report on Road safety provides overview of the road safety situation globally.
According to the report, he said more than 1.25million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes and between 20 and 30 million people suffer non-fatal injuries yearly. He added that road traffic injuries and deaths are more common in the African continent.
He said if concerted efforts are not taken to stem the tide, road traffic crashes will become the seventh leading cause of death by the year 2030.
He said according to Nigeria’s National bureau of Statistics, 11,363 road traffic crashes were recorded in 2016, adding that no fewer than 3,743 people died in road crashes in the first quarter of 2017.
He revealed that major causes of road crashes are speed violation, loss of control and dangerous driving.
In a chart sowing global crash data obtained from world health organisation’s global status report on road safety, out of 15 countries surveyed, China with 1.4billion people has 261,367 annual road fatalities with Nigeria having 173.6million people coming second with 35,651 road fatalities annually.
He said the road traffic crashes statistics is unacceptable and Nigeria needed to find lasting solution, noting that Nigeria would benefit from undergoing a study on why other countries have reduced their road crashes while Nigeria’s statistics is on the increase.
As part of its humanitarian activities, the group has carried out medical outreach at Oko in Oshimili south local government area where it gave out free eye glasses, free eye test, treatment and referrals. The outreach was led by Chief Ambrose Nnamdi Okakwu, senior special assistant to the governor of Delta state on library matters.