Governor Lalong of Plateau State Rallies Support for FRSC

In demonstration of his solidarity to the Federal Road Safety Corps’ ongoing road safety campaigns, the Governor of Plateau state, Simon Bako Lalong has thrown his weight behind the safer roads, fuller lives campaigns. The Governor expressed his support while speaking after his decoration by the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as patron of Special Marshals in Plateau state at the Government House, Jos.

Governor Lalong noted the nexus between socio-economic development efforts of the government and road safety campaigns, stressing that without safer road environment, business and tourist activities would not thrive anywhere. He therefore restated the commitment of Plateau state government to supporting all policies and progarmmes of the FRSC aimed at creating safer road environments in the state and the nation at large. The Governor commended the FRSC command in the state for its immense contributions to issues of safety and security of the people, saying the state government will continue to play its own part by ensuring that the personnel have conducive working environment.

On the ongoing plans to by the FRSC to upgrade its Training School in the state to Institute of Technology, the Governor pledged his support in providing some basic facilities and infrastructure that could make the initiative attainable. According to him, people of Plateau state are always desirous of partnership that could yield fruitful results in development, assuring that the state would not fail to contribute its quota towards making the goal of establishing a functional technological institute in the state realizable.

He particularly commended the Corps Marshal for his untiring commitment to making the nation’s roads safer, saying his patrol tour to Plateau state which he described as a strategic gateway to parts of the North and South as a demonstration of exemplary leadership.

On his decoration as patron of Special Marshals in the state, the Governor promised to utilise the position to further make valuable contributions to issues of road safety, promising to make himself available for patrol activities along with other members of Special Marshals whenever the need arises.

In his remarks before the decoration, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi expressed gratitude to the Governor for his immense contributions to issues of road safety not only in the state, but Nigeria at large. He noted his particular support for the approval of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) Document and for providing conducive working environment for the FRSC personnel in the state. The Corps Marshal also expressed satisfaction with the readiness shown by the state government to support the efforts being made by the FRSC to upgrade the existing Training School, saying there is need for sustained collaboration between the FRSC and the state government to make the goal realizable.

The Corps Marshal further solicited the support of the state government in prosecuting the special operation being planned against overloading by drivers of Gulf and Vetra vehicles which the state is notorious for. He noted that the prevailing challenges of overloading in the state, have made it imperative that FRSC National Headquarters comes up with an appropriate operational strategy that could address the menace, adding that such drivers not only overload their vehicles with human beings and goods, but speed above the regulated speed limits.

Oyeyemi particularly pointed out that most of the affected drivers are neither registered members of the NURTW nor operate from the recognized motor parks in the state, thereby making their operations illegal and risky to unsuspecting members of the public. He also expressed the need for the state government to take special note of operators of Keke NAPEP and motorcycles in the state, stressing that majority of them operate without the required licences and number plates, thereby making their identification difficult. He assured that FRSC will continue to support the efforts of the state government in sanitizing the roads through provision of adequate facilities for efficient liceinsing system.

Highlight of the visit was the decoration of the Governor by the Corps Marshal who was assisted by the Secretary to the state government in a ceremony witnessed by some top government functionaries and members of the Corps Marshal’s entourage including the Deputy Corp marshal in charge of Training; Special Assistant to the Corps Marshal; the Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 4 Headquarters Jos, and the Sector Commander, Plateau state as well as the Commandant of FRSC Training School, Jos.








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