Following the rate of road traffic accidents on the nation’s highway, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, directed the officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure strict enforcement of road traffic rules and regulation in order to stem the tide of carnages.
Buhari, who commissioned 283 newly acquired operational vehicles by the corps to enhance the agency’s efficiency, frowned at the lingering issue of violation of one-way traffic by motorists, including prominent public officials, within cities and inter-state roads, saying this has continued to cause fatal accidents and loss of lives.
The president was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Retd), at the occasion in Abuja.
While ordering the leadership of FRSC to tackle headlong some road infractions bordering on safety, he also drew the attention of the corps to poor handling of cargo containers during haulage.
“There are numerous instances where poorly handled cargo containers have fallen off their haulage trucks on hapless road users. This phenomenon has contributed to several avoidable deaths every now and then,” he said.
He urged FRSC to tackle the recurring problem of overloading of humans, animals and other cargoes beyond the approved capacity of the vehicles, especially by commercial road users, ostensibly to maximise profit, but with attendant consequence on the longevity of roads and safety of the passengers.
While tasking every Nigerian to be an active participant in the collective efforts to ensure safe motoring environment, President Buhari said road safety is not the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government.
He added that his administration approved the procurement of 283 operational vehicles including ambulances, patrol vehicles, tow truck and administrative vehicles, for the corps in line with the administration’s desire to ensure safety and security of the citizens.
He said the vehicles would, no doubt, boost the operational capacity of the corps and enhance the capacity of its men to face the challenges of enforcing traffic rules and regulations on the nation’s highways.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, in his remark, said in line with the directive of the president, the corps has commenced the training and certification of convoy drivers aimed at preventing road traffic crashes involving convoys and government drivers.
Oyeyemi said the current administration of President Muhammad Buhari has been exceptionally supportive of the corps, adding that the 283 newly acquired operations vehicles being commissioned signified just one of the several ways the administration has demonstrated its avowed commitment to the welfare of its citizens, especially in the areas of Road Safety and general security across the country.
“This commendable action of government will no doubt, increase the corps’ presence and renew our effectiveness throughout the entire country. I wish to recall that the last time the corps’ fleet was renewed by the Federal Government was in 2010 when 100 patrol vehicles were injected into the corps’ fleet,” he said.