Corps Marshal Task FRSC Personnel on Capacity Development

In his determination to improve the service delivery capability of the staff of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Corps Marshal has urged them to strive to engage in activities that could enhance their mental, physical and psychological development, saying FRSC must remain focused on improved service delivery. The Corps Marshal stated this in Yola, Adamawa state, while addressing staff of the FRSC sector command during the interactive session organised as part of activities to mark his working visit to the state.

The FRSC Boss, who commented the staff for remaining steadfast in service especially particularly in the last three years of his administration, urged them not to rest on their oars, but remain committed to serving the nation with greater commitment. He expressed appreciation to all the relevant stakeholders for upholding the spirit of collaboration in addressing the challenges of road safety in the country, noting that Management will continue to promote collectivism in tackling the challenges of safer road environment in promoting safety on the nation’s roads.

Oyeyemi expressed dismay at the recent trend in violence against members of the Corps during patrol activities, but appealed for patience on the part of the staff. He noted that Management will not abandon any staff that is wronged by recalcitrant offenders in the course of performing his statutory responsibilities,but warned them against complacency. He gave the particular instance of the attempted abduction of a female marshal in Kubwa, FCT, the mayhem witnessed in Dutse, Jigawa state and shooting of some staff of Abia state Sector command by the police personnel acting as orderly to the speaker of Abia state House of Assembly.

While assuring that all the cases were specifically being addressed at the highest levels to avoid repeat in the future, the Corps Marshal stressed the need for staff to maintain high level of comportment at all times to avoid falling victim of such violent cases. He further warned those taking law into their hands through violence to desist from the act, saying the FRSC will no longer tolerate such lawlessness towards its personnel.

Oyeyemi specifically commended the Nigeria police for taking prompt disciplinary action against the police orderly that shot the Abia Marshals and further noted that appropriate measures are being taken to bring all concerned to justice. “Never again will anyone have the audacity to touch members of the Corps performing their legitimate duties and think they could go Scot free. We would ensure that all necessary measures are taken against perpetrators of violent acts against our men to bring such culprits to justice, “he stated.

On promotion exercise in the Corps, the Corps Marshal stated that his Management has worked very hard in the last three years to conduct yearly promotion exercise for qualified staff as a demonstration of his reward mantra for hardworking members of the Corps. While vouching for the integrity of the Corps’ promotion process, he vowed to sustain the openness and transparency associated with the exercise, saying those who failed in the examinations were shown their answer sheets and the beneficiaries were only rewarded with what they deserved.

He however disclosed that this year’s promotion exercise will only be limited to middle cadre officers from the rank of Assistant Route Commander (ARC) to Chief Route Commander) and ranks in Marshals’ cadre, explaining that vacancies for promotion for those staff on senior ranks from Assistant Corps Commander (ACC) to Deputy Corps Marshal (DCM) is limited this year. To this end, he disclosed that promotion exercise for the affected staff will commence in September this year while Management is working hard to come up with appropriate policies that could address the lopsidedness being witnessed in the staffing structure of the Corps.

“Let me call for calm from all affected staff of the Corps, who may want to resort to unnecessary petition writing and indulging in rumour mongering after promotion exercise that as the custodian of the Corps’ discipline and accounting officer of the organisation, I am conscious of measures that could bring about negative results to staff. So let no one think that Management lacks ideas about what to do,” he stressed.

On collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the Corps Marshal stressed the need for Field Commanders to replicate the idea of consultation initiated by the Management at the National Headquarters to enhance understanding and removal of frictions between transport unions and the FRSC personnel during enforcement. He gave specific examples of the successes recorded in enforcing the law on speed limiters in the country as evidence of the potency of constant interaction with relevant stakeholders before enforcement.

The Corps Marshal commended the Adamawa state governor for the successes it has recorded in constructing 235 roads in the state within two years of his administration. He therefore directed the Sector and unit commanders in the state to extend their patrol activities to such roads for comprehensive coverage of roads in the state.

In their own remarks, staff of both the zone and Sector commands who spoke about the visit and interactive session held with the Corps Marshal, expressed delight at the opportunity of listening directly to him, and vowed to remain loyal and committed to the policies and programmes of the Management towards ensuring success of its vision. In the same vein, both the Zonal Commanding Officer of Yola zone and Adamawa state sector Commander in their different remarks, expressed happiness at hosting the Corps Marshal, saying the visit has exposed them to the developments in the National Headquarters of the Corps at Abuja, while affording the Corps Marshal the opportunity to see things himself at the field commands, especially sharing views with staff under free atmosphere.
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  1. Lawrence E Olorunfemi says:

    God bless you Sir, your outstanding commitment to staff welfare and protection is a reassurance that you have the staff at heart and will always stand to defend the integrity of the Corps by not letting any staff to be ridiculed by the lawlessness of some road users. Thank you sir

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