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.
APC Ward Congress: Osun To Adopt Consensus
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Lagos APC Group Decries Modalities For Ward Congress
The Lagos4Lagos Movement within the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the procedures and guidelines for Saturday’s ward congress.
The Convener of the group, Olajide Adediran , who addressed newsmen on Friday at Ikeja, alleged that the National Ward Congress Committee, headed by Mohammed Dangiyadi, was biased.
Adediran said that the national committee ought to have formed a local working electoral committee to work with, to make its work easier in the 245 wards in Lagos State.
“The congresses will hold tomorrow but till now we don’t know the electoral committee members or even the contestants. The venues are also not clear.
“The guideline said there must be forms for anyone who wants to contest, but we have not seen any single form, despite paying for same and having our payment evidence.
We even showed the chairman a list of our intending contestants across the 245 wards, to express our readiness for this congress.
“How do we hold a congress/election without knowing the members of the electoral committee and even aspirants?
“The committee chairman said he has no business with the list of contestants, but who are the aspirants you are conducting the election for if you don’t have forms with you at this time,” he said.
According to him, it is very obvious they are scared of the competition, but the group will go ahead with the ward congress on Saturday because they have paid for nomination forms into the party’s coffers to show readiness and seriousness.
He called on the group members in the 245 wards to come out on Saturday and file behind their officials to be voted for.
“When we are done, we will submit our list and payment pieces of evidence to the national office.
“We will also seek redress in the court if we are not satisfied with the congress outcome because it is our right and we are fully prepared to give all it takes to assert it,” Adediran said.
Reacting, APC Lagos Chapter Spokesman, Seye Oladejo, said that members of the party knew that forms could be obtained from the party secretariat.
Oladejo urged those who need the forms to proceed to the appropriate venue to get one.
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