FRSC Reconciles With Members Of Transport Unions In Dutse, Jigawa State

In the aftermath of the last ugly incident in Dutse, Jigawa state, when some members of transport unions vandalised the state Sector command office of the FRSC and loss of life of a member of transport union, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),  Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and representatives of some relevant transport unions in the state have resolved to unite against such occurrence in the future. This was the outcome of the interactive session held between the Corps Marshal and representatives of the relevant inions operating in the state during his visit to Dutse, the state capital.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, the Corps Marshal described the incident as sad and a negation of the cordial relationship that has been existing between the FRSC and members of the transport union in the country. According to him, the need for collaboration between the FRSC and members of transport unions is so strategic to the Federal that a member of road transport union has always been appointed to serve on the FRSC Board, since its inception. This he said is necessary in view of the need to create cordial relationship between the two bodies for harmonious operations, further noting that the initiative should not be allowed to be jettisoned, no matter the level of provocation.

“Both the FRSC and the various transport union have leadership hierarchies that shiuld have been notified of the crisis on time to intervene and prevent the fracas from degenerating to the level of losing a life and vandalism of the office complex. It was a sad development that we must neither allow to repeat in future nor affect the existing relationship between us,” the Corps Marshal stated.

Oyeyemi further spoke on the need for regular consultation between the FRSC and members of the transport unions to resolve some of the issues that could lead to misunderstanding and degenerate into breakdown of law and order, noting that as sad as the incident was, the two parties should resolve to continue to work towards reconciliation and harmony. He appealed to the leadership of the unions to educate their members on the basic safety requirements that could lead to sanction by the patrol teams when violated, giving instances of overloading and speeding which drivers engage in with reckless abandon in the state .

In the same vein, the Corps Marshal promised to sanction any staff of the Corps that go contrary to the operational guidelines by engaging in such acts like incivility and corruption.

In their different remarks, the state chairmen of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) as well as other officials of the unions who spoke at the meeting expressed regret over the incident. They were unanimous in their views that prior to the unfortunate incident, the relationship between them and the FRSC in the state was very cordial, noting that they appreciate the roles which members of the Corps play on the highway and would want them to continue to do their job.

Other speakers at the meeting also expressed sadness over the incident which they blamed on the rowdiness of some members of the union and the overzealousness of the security agencies which were called in to handle the situation, saying authorities should guide against such practice in the future. They thanked the Corps Marshal for his concern for quick resolution of the crisis and the condolence visit he has paid to condole the family, government and people of the state over the death of their member. They promised to work together in cementing the good working relationship between the FRSC and members of the union in the state.

Earlier, the Corps Marshal was at the Government House Dutse, where he met with the Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar to thank him for his quick intervention in the crisis, which doused the tension and deescalation of the crisis. He commended the Governor for his support for the FRSC as demonstrated in his contribution to the approval of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) document by the Federal Economic Council (NEC), the establishment of the state traffic management agency as well as well as the setting up of state driving schools and maintaining functional traffic lights at the state capital. All these he said are evidence of the Governor’s commitment to issues of human safety.

He appealed for sustained support and assured the state government of the collaboration of the FRSC in tackling the traffic challenges of the state. While commending the security agencies for maintaining intet-agency collaboration necessary for peaceful coexistence, the Corps Marshal expressed concern about the prevalence of overloading in the state for which he called for partnership with the state government to stop the practice.

In his remarks, the Governor thanked the Corps Marshal for the visit, which he described as timely, considering the last incident between the Corps and members of the transport unions in the state. He expressed regret over the incident and advised that closer collaboration should be maintained between the FRSC and the relevant transport unions to avoid repeat of the last violent incident in the state. He promised to work with the FRSC command to promote issues of safety in the state.

At the Palace of the Emir of Dutse, Dr Muhammad Nuhu Sanusi, the Corps Marshal thanked the traditional ruler for his fatherly intervention in the crisis and appealed for sustained support in promoting road safety activities in the state. The Corps Marshal particularly identified overloading as a major traffic infraction in the state and solicited the cooperation of the traditional institution towards addressing the challenge.

The Emir in his response, thanked the Corps Marshal for the visit and described as cordial, the existing relationship between the FRSC and people of the state. He expressed regret over the incident which undermined the existing harmony between the FRSC and people of the state.  The Royal father further spoke on the need for awareness creation on issues of road safety and enjoined the leadership of the Corps to always reach amicable resolution with members of the unions whenever there were disagreements instead of resorting to the use of violence as witnessed in the last crisis.

The Emir called on the Corps Marshal to bring to the attention of the Federal Government to certain portions of Kano-Dutse highway which requires refilling and appealed to him to remind the contractor handling the road project on the need for adequate warning signs on the construction areas. He promised to continue to render necessary support in awareness creation for peace and harmony among all the government agencies and people of the state.

The Corps Marshal was accompanied on the visit by the Zonal Commanding Officers of zones 1 and 3 Headquarters, Kaduna and Yola respectively and some principal officers of the National Headquarters Abuja.



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