Corps Marshal Restates Commitment to Staff Welfare, Charges Commanding Officers on Inter-Agency Collaboration

In furthermore to his policy on improved service delivery in the Corps and motivational initiatives for the staff, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has restated the commitment of his Management to improving the welfare of the staff, saying every measure would be taken to improve their socio-economic and career conditions. He stated this in Kano, while addressing staff of the state Sector command at an interactive session organised as part of activities to mark his visit to commands under zone 1 Headquarters, Kaduna.

While enumerating the policies and programmes put in place by the Management to improve the social status of the staff, Oyeyemi harped on the need for all to embrace the staff welfare programmes put in place to address their service and post Service life. This he said is necessary in view of the need to remove fear of retirement especially among staff who have not made adequate preparation for their lives after service.

He reassured staff on the security of their savings under the Post Service Scheme (PSS), but called on those who are yet to embrace the housing scheme initiated by the Corps to do so without delay, noting that everyone is at liberty to choose the location in the country he wants the house to be and that repayment period are long enough to guarantee convenience for the beneficiaries. He further stressed that with the scheme being in place in the FRSC, no staff should retire without a house of his own.

Speaking further, the Corps Marshal restated the earlier decision of the Management on the conversion of Marshals on the rank of Road Marshal Assistant, saying those staff on that cadre who have been able to obtain their degree certificate after Management’s approval can now enjoy conversion to Officers cadre directly without having to go for conversion to inspectorate cadre first as was the case before In addition, he said officers with HND who have stagnated on a rank and now have additional qualification can enjoy unhindered promotion henceforth, in line with the Federal Government’s policy on the removal of dichotomy between holders of Bsc and HND.

Furthermore, the FRSC Boss stated that Management has granted waivers to all staff with additional qualification, but without official permission to go to school to present such certificates for consultation. In addition, he said  the convertible years for Marshals was deliberately extended for this year’s conversion exercise, taking into consideration perennial ASUU strike, that negatively affected the academic calendar of the various universities. The Corps Marshal, therefore, urged all staff to reciprocate the gestures of the Management by showing greater zeal, determination and focus in performing their official duties.

On this year’s promotion exercise, he reiterated the earlier decision of the Management on the limited vacancies available for staff in the senior ranks from Assistant Corps Commander (ACC)  to Deputy Corps Marshal (DCM), stating that effort is being made to streamline the staffing structure of the Corps, especially at the upper echelon to make it more efficient. Consequently, he announced that this year’s promotion exercise is limited to only officers of the ranks of Assistant Route Commander to Chief Route Commander, who would commence the promotion course as from 1st of September this year.

While assuring staff of Kano state Sector command of the timely completion of their office accommodation under construction, the Corps Marshal commended them for maintaining cordial inter-government and inter-agency collaboration which has boosted harmonious coexistence between the Corps and other institutions in the state. This he said, has minimised friction in traffic law enforcement in the state, describing it as exemplary and called on other states in the federation to emulate the example as a demonstration of the shared nature of road safety campaigns.

On traffic management in Kano state, the Corps Marshal directed that in view of the fact that the state has established its own traffic management agency, FRSC personnel should de-emphasise patrol at the urban centers, but concentrate more on the highway, but collaborate with the agency to ensure there is no gap in effective traffic management in the state. Accordingly, he directed that one of the unit commands located within the Kano municipality should be relocated to Gwarzo area to serve as an outpost pending upgrading to a unit command to address cases of road traffic crashes that have become prevalent along the route.

On Kano state government’s support to the FRSC, the Corps Marshal commended the Governor for showing sincere interest in road safety matters and promised to continue to collaborate with the state to address the peculiar traffic challenges facing it as a result of high vehicular traffic. He added that with the completion of the FRSC permanent office structure in the state, the Corps would have made significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the state and called on the staff not to rest on their oars in supporting the state government to realise its social and economic goals for the people.

Among those that accompanied the Corps Marshal on the visit were the Zonal Commanding Officers of Zones 1 and 3, Kaduna and Yola respectively, Assistant Corps Marshals Bulus Darwang and Abdullahi Ringim and some principal officers of the FRSC National Headquarters Abuja who would be proceeding to Dutse, Jigawa state in continuation of the tour of the commands.

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