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Road crashes: Buhari asks FRSC to ensure strict enforcement of traffic rules

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.


Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.