Management Will Stand By FRSC Staff Performing Their Legitimate Duties — Oyeyemi

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has assured staff of the Corps that Management will not abandon them in the hands of violent and recalcitrant traffic offenders who set out to humiliate them in the course of performing their official duties. Oyeyemi gave the assurance today while welcoming Management and Commanding Officers to the half year strategy session organised by the National Headquarters of the Corps to review the operational activities of the Corps in the last seven months.

According to Oyeyemi, report of cases of violent attacks against patrol teams across the country has become worrisome, saying however that Management is determined to taking appropriate measures to address the challenges and guide against such occurrences in the future. While giving instances of the various acts of violence perpetrated against patrol teams in places like Abia, Ebonyi, Dutse in Jigawa state and FCT, he noted that appropriate measures were being taken at the highest levels to address the issues, but urged Commanding Officers to be more vigilant in their Commands to ensure greater safety of the personnel and facilities.

He stressed the need for improved consultation with relevant stakeholders especially transport unions and security agencies to avoid frictions in enforcement of traffic laws. He enjoined members of the Corps to sustain the civil approach of the FRSC in enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, but called on the Commanding Officers to guide against humiliation of their personnel by the overzealous security agents by ensuring that their personnel are always comported, disciplined and loyal to the system.

“This session therefore, provides opportunity for all the Commanding Officers to put the challenges encountered in the last seven months of the year on the table and seek for collective solutions in the determination to enjoy more peaceful operations in the remaining part of the year and beyond,” he stated.

While acknowledging the support and understanding of security agencies as well as the judiciary in all infractions committed against the National Road Traffic Regulations and attacks perpetrated on the patrol teams, he emphasised the need for cordial relationship with the institutions, especially as the ember months is fast approaching. This he said would guarantee optimal performance of the personnel during the the period. “On our part, I assure you that we would continue to expand the frontier of collaboration with relevant stakeholders in security and transport unions at the National Headquarters to ensure more cordial relationship,” he further stated.

The FRSC Boss expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for its sustained support to the Corps as evidenced by the success recorded in the last seven months of the year resulting in the trending down of the rate of road traffic crashes and fatality. He further noted that the successes recorded could be discerned from improved enforcement witnessed on the use of speed limiting devices which has recorded high compliance among commercial vehicle operators in the country.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the inauguration of the technical Working Group (TWG) of the National Road Safety Strategy document (NRSS) by the Minister of Budget and National Planning on Thursday last week after the inauguration of the Nigeria Road Safety Advisory Council by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo upon the approval of the document by the National Economic Council (NEC) are testimonies to the interest the Federal Government has in road safety matters in the country,” he further stressed.

The Corps Marshal called on Commanding Officers to ensure more aggressiveness in tackling road safety challenges in the country through greater visibility of the Corps on the nation’s highways and promptness in responding to distress call to emergencies. In addition, he said, they must work on their staff to improve in service delivery to the people in order to reciprocate the national confidence reposed in the the FRSC.

Oyeyemi further stressed the need for the Commanding Officers not to condone acts of indiscipline, indolence, rumour mongering and petition writing among staff in tune with the Executive Orders on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria issued by the Federal Government, which he said must be domesticated by members of the Corps by ensuring that immediate disciplinary actions are taken against violators while reports of trials are promptly forwarded to the National Headquarters for appropriate decisions.

In her opening remarks, the Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habiba Lawal, who was represented by the permanent secretary, General Service Office, Dr Roy Ugo commended the leadership of the FRSC for its commitment to issues of capacity building among the personnel of the Corps. She noted that the initiative of regular interaction and strategy session with Management and Commanding Officers which the Corps normally organises is a welcome development.

She ssured the FRSC that the Federal Government will continue to support the Corps with logistics in its determination to address the road safety management challenges of the country, but called on the staff to remain committed to performing their statutory duties at all times.

The one day Management strategy session is expected to deliberate on a number of issues including cases of attack on FRSC personnel, enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, command and control, staff welfare and use of social media in the FRSC among others. As part of the programme, a Communique is expected to be issued at the end of the deliberations.

Among participants in the strategy session are members of the FRSC Management team and some principal officers of the National Headquarters, Abuja, Zonal Commanding Officers from the 12 Zonal Commands of the country and Sector Commanders from the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.

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