The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has deployed 35,000 operatives across the country to ensure road safety during the Eid-el-Kabir special patrol operations.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this while speaking at the flag-off of the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir special patrol mega rally in Ilorin on Thursday.
Boboye said that the theme of the rally is: ‘Achieving Zero Road Fatality Through Public Enlightenment Campaign’.
He reiterated the vision of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS II) 2021-2030, where road traffic crash leads to no death.
He said festive seasons pose no threat to road safety, but attitudes and behaviors of road users who displayed recklessness during festivities increased the burden of crashes and fatalities.
The corps marshal said that in June, a total of 1,162 Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) had led to the deaths of 567 persons in the country.
He said 56,456 road traffic offenders were arrested for 63,015 offenses, while a total of 50 registered fleet operators and 529 registered driving schools were recorded in the same month.
The FRSC boss said that it was the practice of corps to improve on advocacy during festive seasons, to guide road users on the appropriate road conduct and enforce compliance to road traffic laws and regulations.
“This year Eid-el-Kabir special patrol operation will therefore focus on ensuring prompt responses to all RTC emergencies; and intensify enforcement of critical offenses that pose a serious threat to road safety.
“It will also ensure hitch-free traffic flows during the festive period and maintaining highly visible presence of corps on the highways to provide traffic support.
“To achieve this, the corps has deployed 20,000 regular marshals, 15,000 special marshals, making a total of 35,000 operatives across the country.
“All operational commands have been directed to strictly enforce the following offences: Overloading Violation (OVL) specifically 50% capacity loading in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
“Others are enforcement of Speed Limit Violation (SLV), Driver’s License Violation (DLV), Lane Discipline, driving with expired or worn-out tyre and without spare tyre (TYY), Driving Without Seatbelt (SUV) and driving Without or With shattered Windscreen (VWV),” he said.
Boboye advised motorists against night travels, adding that many drivers were likely to be fatigued from lack of rest.
He also advised the motoring public to comply with COVID-19 guidelines while respecting the rights of others, while appreciating stakeholders in the transport sector.
He reiterated the corps’ commitment to ensuring that every road user reaches their destination safely while wishing Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara and citizens a peaceful celebration.
In his welcome address, Asst. Corps Marshal Clement Oladele, the Zonal Commanding Officer RS8HQ, appreciated the governor for the development of transportation system in the state and his support towards the realization of the successful hosting of the 2021 mega rally.
He thanked all the stakeholders for their support towards road safety in the state and Nigeria.
“I also want to thank his counterparts from Ekiti and Kogi States for creating enabling environment for FRSC activities to strive in their respective states.
“I would like to especially welcome the FRSC Corps Marshal and place on record the recent achievements of the Corps under the leadership of the present Corps Marshal.
“His administrative prowess had contributed immensely to the advancement of road safety administration in Nigeria and Africa sub-region,” he said.
Mr Rotimi Iliyasu, the state Commissioner for Works, who represented the governor, also urged motorists to be careful on roads as life has no reset button.
AbdulRazaq said that road safety was everyone’s business and a collective responsibility.
“We must stop accidents before it stops us. We must use our eyes and ears while on the roads.
“Road safety is very much how we use our roads. When used well, it can be used for long and vice versa.
“I appreciate the FRSC for their support and ensuring safer roads. I also appreciate the transport sector and other stakeholders for their cooperation with corps for sanity on the roads,” the governor said.
The Secretary to the Government of Kogi, Mrs Arike Ayoade, who represented Gov. Yahaya Bello, said life has no duplicate while urging motorists to be careful on the roads.
Ayoade wished everyone an accident-free Sallah celebration.
A transport chieftain, Alhaji Najeem Yasin, commended the FRSC for organizing the rally and special patrol in the state.
Yasin charged motorists on carefulness while warning them against wrong over-taking while wishing the public and Muslim faithful a happy celebration.
The state Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN), Alhaji Abdulrahman Onikijipa, said that festive periods were associated with more road usage which resulted in road accidents.
“RTC is one of the leading causes of death by injury and the tenth leading cause of death globally.
“I wish to appeal to our members and other road users to always be safety conscious on the road.
“I advise that they abstain from drug abuse and alcohol while on the road,” he said.
Onikijipa reiterated the union’s commitment to supporting the FRSC and its activities.
The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Kwara, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Ariwoola, assured the corps that members of the association would comply with road safety rules and regulations.
Ariwoola appreciated the FRSC for their support and cooperation with members of the transport sector.
In his closing remarks, the Kwara Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Jonathan Owoade, appreciated the governor of Kwara, the corps marshal and stakeholders in the transport sector.
Owoade tasked the motoring public, especially the transport unions, on compliance to road safety rules and regulations.
He said the corps would continue to raise awareness on issues of road safety in their domains, while wishing everyone a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
CAN Opposes Christian-Christian, Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket In 2023
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned political parties not to buy the idea of Christian/Christian tickets or Muslim/Muslim presidential tickets in 2023.
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle gave the warning on Thursday after a brief meeting with Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege at the National Assembly.
Ayokunle told politicians not to heat up the polity with utterances as campaigns commence.
Ayokunle advised them to always remember there is already tension across Nigeria due to insecurity
“We urge that a balance of both religious practitioners be considered. We don’t want Christian/Christian ticket nor Muslim/Muslim ticket”, he said.
Ayokunle expressed disappointment with the economic downturn and its consequences on the people.
The CAN President called for quick actions and policies that will cushion the effect.
“Unemployment is at an unimaginable level. While we appreciate the efforts of the legislature in calling the attention of the executive, more robust and daring efforts are required
“Enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exceptions given to local manufacturers on some goods”, Ayokunle added.
NSCDC Deploys 20,000 Personnel For Anambra Election
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 20,000 personnel to provide security for the November. 6 governorship election in Anambra.
Those to be deployed include personnel in the NSCDC Arms Squad Unit, Counter-Terrorism Unit and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Unit.
NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Audi, said this on Thursday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a three-day Train-the-Trainers Capacity Building and Electoral Workshop, ahead of the Anambra poll.
Audi said that the special forces would be drafted to key areas in the state where they would be saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property.
“They will also see to the protection of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC officials and all critical assets against vandalism, damage or arsonist attacks,” he said.
He said that NSCDC, in collaboration with other security agencies, had developed strategies to checkmate any act of electoral violence and other nefarious activities capable of undermining the electoral process.
The commandant-general further said that the deployed personnel would ensure effective monitoring before, during and after the election.
Audi also said that the personnel would be drafted from the NSCDC commands in all the states in the South-South and South-East zones.
“In addition, personnel from Kogi, Ekiti, Ondo, and Benue have been placed on standby, in case there is the need for reinforcement,” he said.
The NSCDC boss warned the officers to strictly adhere to the ethics of the corps and comply with the law in the discharge of their duties.
“Let me warn, and I mean it, that any conduct of an officer of NSCDC that undermines the rule of law will be seriously dealt with, in accordance with the public service rule,” he added.
Stakeholders Call On NERC, EEDC To Scale Up Performance In S’East
Stakeholders in the electricity industry in the South-East have charged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to scale up their performances.
The people gave the charge on Thursday in Enugu at a NERC Stakeholders’ Engagement on Consultation on the Review of Customer Protection Regulations.
They described the periodic review of the regulations after five years as worthwhile.
They, however, said the practical implementation of the regulations, especially concerning the treatment of customers’ complaints, was of greater importance than the proposed review.
An electricity consumer, Mr Joshua Itumo, said the period between the supply of bills and disconnection of defaulting customers “must be reviewed to meet present realities and hardship customers face to get the money to pay their bills.
“The review also has to include that those enforcing disconnection must do it with human face and listen when superior argument or evidence of payment is presented,” Itumo said.A landlord in Trans Ekulu, Enugu, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Okorie, urged NERC and EEDC to clearly state the amount, which when accumulated by a tenant, must be paid before he or she parks out.
Okorie said: “It is not palatable that someone will park into a new apartment and inherit over N500,000 as electricity liability.
“Where does he start as a new tenant to off-set such a huge bill?”
Mr David Emeson, who lives at Agui Road, Enugu, said it was better to ensure the existing regulations were implemented to the latter than have a review that could not be implemented.
“We are not lacking good regulations. The problem is that NERC and EEDC most times fail to carry out what the regulations say and leave customers to their fate,’’ Emeson said.
Earlier, Prof. Frank Okafor, the Commissioner in charge of Engineering and Performance Monitoring in NERC, said the review had become necessary after five years in order to accommodate new ways of doing things, technology and other innovations.
Okafor said the review was not to witch-hunt any stakeholder but ensure more efficient and robust regulations to the benefit of electricity consumers.
“We are looking for ways to ensure more proactive and fast-result oriented ways of attending to customers’ complaints and using technological devices to do this, since NERC cannot be everywhere,” he said.
He said it was difficult for NERC to be proactive due to limited manpower, pointing out that the commission had only 150 staff members nationwide.
Responding, the Managing Director of EEDC, Mr Chorghade Praveen, assured the customers that the company was eager to resolve their complaints in good time, “just as we have recorded noticeable improvement in power supply across our network”.
Praveen also said the company was designing some technological innovations for complaints to be reported and solved within few hours of the report, where possible.
“We are working to improve our customers’ experience just as we have improved in the rate and quality of power supply throughout our franchise area.
“EEDC is moving from customers’ satisfaction to customers’ affection in order to allow our esteemed customers the best quality of service and care so far.
“All the complaints raised here and others to come, I assure you will be treated with dispatch,” he said.
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