As part of strategies to curb road crashes involving articulated vehicles, 40 officers from the Federal Road Safety Corps have been dispatched to France to undergo specialized training under the Safe- to- Load scheme, through a partnership with Total Nigeria Plc at the APTH Training school in LE Creusot, France.
Speaking before the departure of the first batch of participants, the Deputy Corps Marshal Operations, Boboye Oyeyemi said “ the Corps secured admission for 40 officers of the FRSC at the APTH Training school in LE Creusot France for a training of trainers who will train delivery drivers for oil products, especially fuel and LPG. The course is sponsored by the World Bank under the Safe Corridor project of the Federal Road Development Programme”.
According to Oyeyemi, the training programme which is coming on the heels of the Corps’ recent certification by the Standard Organization of Nigeria on Quality Management Systems, is pursuant to the Corps’ statutory function as lead agency for traffic administration and safety management in Nigeria .
He added that the measure is “ in response to the magnitude of road crashes involving fuel tankers with the 2011 statistics indicating that articulated vehicles accounted for 32.48% of total crashes with attendant fatality of 22.52%, hence the introduction of the Safe-to-Load project which will ensure that only road worthy tankers load petroleum products from any depot in the country” he added.
With this accomplishment, the Deputy Corps Marshal also said that “the departure of the beneficiaries is in 3 batches with the first batch comprising of 14 officers, who departed on Saturday, 11 May, 2013 while batches B and C made up of 13 officers each will travel to France on 18thand 25th May, 2013 respectively”.
Speaking further, the Deputy Corps Marshal said that on return, the officers will in turn train other officers who will take over the training of fuel tanker drivers. He added that arrangements have been concluded to domesticate the APTH training practice in Nigeria through further private sector partnership, noting that “the Total training facility in Ibadan will play a major role.
He also said that the Kano state government has equally agreed to a partnership to set up a truck driving school while the Corps will develop its model driving school in Gwagwalada”.
Oyeyemi therefore urged the France-bound officers to show comportment, dedication and commitment during the course of the programme which will no doubt, add value to the Corps’ corporate goal of attaining its target of reducing fatality and road crashes by 30% and 20% respectively in 2013, in line with the Accra declaration of 2015 and United Nations decade of action for road safety of 2020.
The Safe Corridor project which is a fall out from the FRSC’s sustained advocacy in 2008, is a World Bank funded intervention programme to identify some designated corridors on the highways noted high frequency of road crashes, with the aim of embarking on robust road safety audit, rehabilitation and installation of safety components, road markings, signages and other appropriate infrastructure along such routes with complementary intensive patrol presence to ensure safer road use in Nigeria, under the Federal Roads Development programme. Before now, the World Bank has undertaken a capacity review of road safety situation in Nigeria and enforcement capacity of the FRSC to deliver on its goal as the nation’s lead agency for road traffic administration and safety management.