By Chibuzor Emejor
Abuja


As the year 2015 ends in the Federal Road Safety Corps’ operational calendar, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, has commended the staff for their high level performances in the outgoing year, saying management remains committed to enunciating policies that could adequately address their welfare needs.

In a release by Bisi Kazeem, Head of Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC, Oyeyemi stated in his New Year message to all staff of the FRSC, in which he expressed gratitude to God for the successes recorded in 2015 and expressed commitment to improving on the achievements in the coming year.
He particularly prayed for the successful crossover of all staff, enjoining them to be prepared to live faithfully in carrying out their statutory responsibilities of keeping the roads safe.

Although admitting that the challenges of 2015 were multifaceted and involved staff risking their lives to save road cash victims, travelling several kilometres to ensure that road users were enlightened and diffusing tension as well as rescuing crash victims even at odd hours of the day, the Corps Marshal expressed gratitude to God that the organisation survived the odds.
According to him, several lives that could have been perished in road crashes were saved through the vigilance and commitment of members of the Corps, saying such individuals will forever remain grateful to the FRSC for the steadfastness and dedication the personnel have shown to their duties. Read More →



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The Federal Road Safety Corps has suggested that government at local levels take responsibility and provide modern parks for commercial drivers in their locality.Dangote-truck

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the FRSC corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said, “The local government is a critical factor, it is the responsibility of the local governments to provide parks as per the constitution, the 774 LG authorities must be ready; it is another source of revenue for them.”

He added that the councils “must provide modern parks and if they cannot fund it, they can go on Public Private Partnership arrangement to provide parks where the tanker, trailers and other vehicle can park and rest for a while.” Read More →



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The Federal Road Safety Corps has denied reports that it short-changed its personnel deployed for 2015 election duties.Adeboboye-Oyeyemi

A number of FRSC personnel had told PREMIUM TIMES they were paid N2,000 for the assignment, alleging they were short-changed.

However, FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, denied that the Corps members on election duties were not short-changed in any way. Read More →



By Idris Adesina, Kabba

The Lokoja-Abuja Expressway was on Friday at a standstill for many hours as voters make their way from the Federal Capital Territory to various parts of the country for the March 28 poll.

The Lokoja end of the road, our correspondent observed, was blocked for more than 10 hours with men of the Federal Road Safety Corps battling to ensure a thoroughfare for the numerous vehicles.

Our correspondent observed that the gridlock was limited to the state capital as many voters arrived in the state capital from Abuja while others were moving out of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Other roads like the Lokoja-Okene road and Lokoja-Ajaokuta road were free. Read More →



by Mustapha Salihu

 


GUNMEN on a motocycle on Wednesday shot dead two officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission in Kano, Kano State.

The killers were suspected to be members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

One other FRSC official sustained bullet wounds.

The killing occurred at about 1pm around Madobi Road, near Sani Abacha Youth Centre, in Panshekera, a suburb of Kano metropolis.

The incident came barely 24 hours after two policemen were shot dead by suspected gunmen in the city.

A policeman close to the scene of the incident, who preferred anonymity, told our correspondent that, “A Federal Road Safety Commission patrol vehicle was attacked by gunmen on a motorbike, killing two officers and wounding one.”

Sector Commander of the FRSC, Kano State Command, Zaaki Alkali confirmed the incident to journalists.

He said his men were four in the vehicle when the attackers opened fire on them.

“Two officers died instantly, while one sustained bullet wounds, but the fourth person survived the attack unhurt. It is a very sad incident”, Alkali explained.

 



By  Dele Ogbodo

 


The governors of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as well as his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi,weekend in Abuja,  advocated a closer collaboration and strong synergy between state governments, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and States’ traffic management agencies across the federation in order to achieve a unified platform on road safety management and traffic administration.

Senator Abiola Ajimobi

While Ajimobi said Oyo state Road Transport Management Agency will partner FRSC   in helping to reduce road fatality and accident to the barest level within the state, Fayemi expressed his government’s willingness to partner FRSC, as part of measures to improve and add value to road traffic management in Ekiti State.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the FRSC Corps Marshal , Mr. Osita Chidoka, in Abuja, Ajimobi said he was impressed with the deployment and application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), by FRSC in motor vehicle administration.

Fayemi, who spoke shortly after obtaining the upgraded driver’s license at the FRSC national headquarters, stressed  that the creation of a data base on vehicles and drivers’ licence in the country by the FRSC, has provided a gateway for effective collation of accurate data on Nigerian drivers, necessary for investment, crime detection,  national planning and security.

According to him, the FRSC has transformed into a technologically-driven government agency which has achieved an effective re-alignment of motor vehicle administration in Nigeria, adding: “All government agencies should leverage on the FRSC model in order to reposition the country in the area of information collation, storage  and utilization of data to enhance national development.”

In his remarks, Chidoka  said the upgraded driver’s license has integrated the point system approach into its enforcement strategies which allows for a cumulative evaluation of drivers’ conduct and record of traffic violations  as effective device towards behavioural change among motorists in Nigeria. According to him, varying  degree of penalties  await drivers who violate traffic rules and regulations such as withdrawal of driver’s license by drivers who accumulate 21 points and suspension for those who hit 15 points on traffic violations.

The Corps marshal stated that the re-inauguration  of FRSC toll-free emergency number 122 was meant to continually improve on its capacity to deliver quality service to Nigerians and all motoris

 



By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

 


Three persons were yesterday feared dead when the vehicle they were travelling with had a headlong collision with another vehicle along the Maiduguri- Damaturu highway at the weekend.

The accident, which occurred at about 4:15pm at Benisheikh, a distance of 72 kilometres from Maiduguri, also saw four persons sustaining serious injuries.

FRSC BOSS OSITA CHIDOKA

It was gathered that those that died in the accident include a nurse (name withheld), who is with the Benisheikh General Hospital and two other which identity could not be traced as at the time of filing the report yesterday evening.

According to a source, the nurse and another person both died on the spot, which the third person died at the hospital.

Eyewitnesses revealed that a Golf Volkswagen taxi with five passengers collided with the nurse’s vehicle, a Toyota Carina II, at Benisheikh, living the four passengers in the taxi with various degrees of injuries and fractures in their heads, and limbs and they had to be rushed to the Benisheikh hospital by the rescue team of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

Confirming the incident yesterday in Maiduguri, the Head of Operation of Borno State sector command of the FRSC, Mr. Amos Yakubu Thliza, said three people died in the road accident but that he was yet to get the details from the FRSC unit in the area.

It was gathered from a source within the FRSC that the road accident occurred when one of the drivers attempted to overtake, but crashed into the oncoming taxi at high speed, killing  the taxi driver and the nurse on the spot.

He said the four other passengers in the taxi were rescued and rushed to the hospital for treatments, noting that they had injuries which include some fractures in their limbs.

The bodies of the nurse and two others, according to the source, have been buried according to Islamic rites at Benishiekh, while some of the injured person had to be referred from the Benisheikh Hospital to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for further treatment.