Friday, 19 January 2018

Federal Road Safety Corps was Soyinka’s Brainchild – Babangida

“Thanks to Prof Wole Soyinka. It [Federal Road Safety Corps] was his idea. It was he who was concerned about road accidents and came up with a programme which they started in Ibadan. I can't remember what it was.

It was Wole Soyinka’s brainchild. We were very good friends, so when he sold this idea to us, we called him and sat with him to know how to replicate the programme he was already doing so well in Ibadan. He said it was doable; that we could do it nationwide.
As a government in those days, we were very receptive to bright ideas. Anybody who came with a very bright idea and was capable of doing it, we gave them support. So, we gave Professor Wole Soyinka all the support and I am glad that till today it is still working.” – Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Credit: Matters of Heritage


  1. Replicating bright ideas this days seems light is like a camel passing through the eye of a needle. God save Nigeria.Seems lime going from worse to worst

  2. This is beautiful. A good government must understand Other People Idea which he (the head of that government)would ordinarily claim the credit. Kudos

  3. people in authority today will collect your bright ideas,try to implement it as if it were theirs and not even acknowledge the source and many at times such is not properly implemented to give the intended result or even fail completely. I have had 2 of these experiences with some government MDAs