The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has established a situation room in its Operations Department to receive reports from field commands on the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
Corps Public Education Officer Bisi Kazeeem, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that the measure would enhance the flow of information between FRSC headquarters and the field commands.
According to him, the situation room operators will be calling on commanding officers from time to time, to get updates.
“Numbers the situation room operators will use to reach commanding officers are – (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) ,” he said
Kazeem urged the commanding officers to ensure they were reachable at all times.
FRSC board approves promotion of 42 senior officers
The board of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has approved the promotion of 10 Corps Commanders (CC) to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) and 32 Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC) to the rank of CC.
The Deputy Corps Public Education Officer, Mr McCharm Sambo, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.
Sambo said that the approval was subsequent to the virtual meeting of the FRSC Board on promotion of Senior Officers, where the promotion exercise was diligently deliberated.
“Mr Bisi Kazeem, who is presently, the Corps Public Education Officer at the National Headquarters (RSHQ) Abuja and Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Sector Commander, Lagos State,
“Mr Clement Oladele, Sector Commander, Ogun State; Mr Francis Udoma, Sector Commander, Imo State and Mr Shehu Iliyasu, the Corps Procurement Officer RSHQ.
“Mr Benjamin D Anafa, Corps Commander in charge of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Operations Department, RSHQ and 4 others,” he said.
Sambo noted that the newly promoted Corps Commanders from the rank of DCC were Mr Segun Ogungbemide, Sector Head of Operations, Ondo State Sector Command.
“DCC Godwin Ntukidem, who is the Principal Staff Officer II to the Corps Marshal, DCC Kukbol Gonji, the Deputy Corps Legal Adviser, DCC LD Shehu, DCC CM Onukwubiri, DCC IG Ibrahim, and 26 others,” he said.
The Chairman, FRSC Board, Malam Bukhari Bello, expressed his satisfaction with the high level of transparency and objectivity that heralded the promotion process.
Bello urged the promoted officers to show more commitment and rededicate themselves to achieving the corporate mission of the Corps which were to eradicate road traffic crashes and create a safer motoring environment in the country.
He stated that the promotion exercise was part of the Commission’s drive towards rewarding excellence and hard work in line with the administrative philosophy of the present leadership of the Corps.
Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, equally congratulated the newly promoted Officers for their excellent performances during the exercise.
Oyeyemi charged them to put in their best in the course of their duties as their new ranks call for more focus and dedication, noting that every promotion comes with greater responsibilities.
He admonished those who were not fortunate in the promotion to keep hope alive as opportunities still abound in the future.
He promised to improve the general welfare of the personnel of the Corps to the satisfaction of all.
He called on all personnel to be of good cheer and put in greater efforts toward the realisation of the corporate mandate of the Corps.
The Corps Marshal directed that all affected officers would be decorated in their respective Zonal Commands.
NAN reports that the promotion exercise began with medical examination, physical fitness test, computer based examination and virtual oral interview.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
46 die, 387 injured in accidents on Abeokuta-Lagos expressway in 6 years-FRSC
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Monday that 46 persons died in road accidents at the Old Toll-Gate corridor on the Abeokuta-Lagos expressway between January 2014 and May 2020.
Oladele said that the deaths and injuries were recorded in 158 road traffic accidents during the period.
He attributed the accidents to black spots at the axis around the old toll gate on the expressway.
“The incessant road traffic accidents within the axis of the old toll gate at Ota, along the Abeokuta – Lagos expressway, is not only disturbing but worrisome.
“Within the same period, a total of 457 vehicles were involved in accidents. A total of 1, 381 persons were involved, while 387 injured victims were rescued from the road traffic crashes.
“From the FRSC’s routine road audits of the Lagos-Abeokuta corridor, a re-engineering of areas notorious for frequent crashes was recommended to eliminate the sloppy gradient, ” he said.
Oladele said that a comprehensive audit report was prepared by the FRSC and deposited with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, FERMA, the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and other relevant stakeholders.
This, he said, was to aid decisions on the suggestion that the slope in the area should be filled.
He also suggested the construction of an overhead interchange bridge that could allow vehicles in transit to connect the various exit points at the old toll gate intersection without interfering with traffic flow.
According to Oladele, all the market permits issued by the local authorities should be revoked, while markets located beside the intersection should be relocated.
“Illegal bus stops beside the road should be dismantled and standard bus stops erected far away where passengers cannot interfere with the flow of traffic,’’ he said.
He said the FRSC audit report partly informed the Federal Government’s decision to award contracts for the rehabilitation of the entire stretch of the corridor from Abeokuta to Lagos.
The sector commander noted that road accidents associated with that stretch of the corridor would be eliminated when the road project was completed.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Relocate Ota Toll-Gate motorpark, market, FRSC tells Ogun Govt
The Sango-Ota Unit of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Sunday appealed to Ogun Government to relocate motor park and market at Toll-Gate axis to reduce incessant road accidents in the area.
Ganiya said that the relocation of the park and the market became necessary because of the defectiveness and steepness of the road from Lagos, Sango-Ota and Ilo-Awera axis.
He said that the government should provide urgent palliative measure to stem the continuous loss of lives and property on the road.
According to him, most casualties of auto crashes at the toll gate axis are motorcycle riders and passersby.
“The temporarily motor parks and market at the Ota Toll-Gate axis should be relocated.
“Even, if there will be accidents, the impact will be minimal,” he said.
The unit Commander reiterated the corps’ commitment to continue to collaborate with other sister agencies to save lives and property on the roads.
NAN reports that on May 14, a truck lost control at the toll gate due to brake failure and killed two persons and injured seven.
Also, on May 21, two people died and six injured as a result of brake failure from a articulate trailer, while on May 23, a trailer had brake failure and two persons were killed and one injured.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
FRSC rescues pregnant woman in labour pains
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday rescued a pregnant woman, struggling to drive herself to hospital amid agony of labour pains.
Mr Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC spokesman, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said that this occurred in Lagos.
He said that a patrol team belonging to the Airport Unit Command of the Corps, at about 2.34 p.m. sighted the pregnant woman.
“She was struggling to drive amidst painful labour and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Ajao Estate, where she was delivered of a baby girl barely three hours later,’’ he said.
Kazeem explained that the gesture was part of the Corps statutory responsibility of saving lives through prompt rescue services on the roads.
Kazeem said that the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, have expressed deep appreciation to the patrol team for the prompt intervention and rescue services.
he said Oyeyemi further applauded them for such act of compassion and sacrifice which was a positive representation of the true mission of the Corps.
He noted that this was one among many of such interventions that the operatives of the Corps carry out from time to time as they embark on patrol.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Eid-El-Fitr: FRSC urges adherence to physical distancing
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the spiritual exercise.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, disclosed in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi, who urged Muslim faithful on adherence to physical distancing rules, also called on them to sustain the positive lessons of the Ramadan fast.
He preached love for one another, peaceful coexistence and care for the underprivileged members of the society, saying these are the values of the Ramadan fast which people must imbibe beyond the celebrations.
He emphasised that the wanton destruction of lives and property on the nation’s highways resulting from people’s impatience would have been avoided if people properly imbibe the lessons of the Ramadan fast.
The Corps Marshal expressed satisfaction with people’s conduct throughout the period of the holy month particularly, with regards to the observance of the lockdown orders by the Federal Government.
He commended them on adherence to temporary closure of worship centres and social distancing rules to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
He therefore, admonished the Muslims as well as other members of the public not to jettison the rules in the course of the celebration.
“We must continue to observe them in order to build on the gains so far made in the fight against the spread of the infectious disease,” he said.
He restated the commitment of the FRSC to sustaining its present collaboration with other security agencies towards effective enforcement of the restriction orders by using the Mobile Courts and strict observance of the social distancing rules.
“This year’s Eid-el-fitri is coming at a very challenging period when the entire humanity is grappling with the challenges caused by lockdown.
“Every citizen must, therefore, support the measures put in place by the Federal Government to contain the spread of the disease,” the Corps Marshal said.
Oyeyemi reassured members of the public in spite od the lockdown and restriction of movement across the federation of their support to fight the scourge.
“The Corps’ essential offices have remained open to respond to road and other emergencies, ” he said.
Oyeyemi disclosed that Commanding Officers across the country had been given directives to be on the alert during the Sallah celebration to provide all necessary support to members of the public.
He added that officers in charge should be available to particularly attend to whatever emergencies that may arise.
He called on members of the public to join the FRSC in its ongoing campaigns for safer road environment by promptly reporting any road and other emergencies they notice to the FRSC Call Centre through the toll free line: 122.
“You can directly put a call to the studio of the National Traffic Radio, 107.1 FM through these telephone lines: 08052998090 or 09067000015.
“I wish all the Muslim Ummah Allah’s abundant rewards for the Ramadan fast and on this occasion of the Eid-el-fitri celebration, I pray for peaceful celebration to all,” he said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1,300 personnel in Lagos, vows to curb combat overloading
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Lagos State Command says it has deployed 1,300 of its personnel to ensure safety on the roads during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
The Sector Commander, Mr Hyginus Omeje, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday, said that the corps would not tolerate overloading by commute
Omeje said: “In all, we are deploying 1,300 officers and men in the three main corridors in Lagos-Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
“A total of 25 patrol vehicles, two ambulances and four heavy-duty tow trucks and two light duty tow trucks shall be deployed along these corridors.
“We have our ambulances positioned at strategic points for prompt rescue services should there be any crash. Our tow trucks are equally deployed for quick removal of obstructions.”
The FRSC boss, who expressed the corps’ commitment to ensure hitch-free traffic flow, said that corps would monitor and ensure enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.
He urged motorists to steer clear of impatience and disregard to traffic regulations.
He advised motorists to observe safety precautions while using the road, saying that “the road does not forgive abusers”.
According to him, all Lagos residents must adhere strictly to all precautionary measures to combat spread of COVID-19, especially the physical distancing in their vehicles and use of face masks.
“We are simply appealing to people to observe social distancing as they commute during the Eid-el-Fitr. Overloading with passengers or goods shall be our primary focus of enforcement.
“The presidential partial lockdown order is still in force; hence we advise that people should remain in their state of residence and avoid interstate movements except for those vehicles on essential services.
“Commuters should equally remember to put on their face masks,” Omeje said.
Omeje said that officers and men of the corps would be visible on all the highways to ensure strict enforcement of overloading and physical distancing among commuters.
The FRSC boss, who urged road users to drive with care, added that the corps would be available to respond to distress calls that might arise.
According to him, FRSC operatives will be collaborating with other sister agencies in manning the Interstate borders to checkmate unwarranted travels.
“No agency can do it alone in Lagos,” Omeje said.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Eid-El-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1, 159 personnel, 28 vehicles in Niger
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has deployed 1, 159 personnel and 28 vehicles in Niger to ensure safety on roads during the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Commander Raji Egigogo, Public Relations Officer of the corps and made available to newsmen in Minna on Friday.
“The command has deployed 1, 159 officers and men, and 24 functional patrol vehicles, three ambulances and one heavy duty tow truck to ensure a hitch free traffic during the Sallah.
“This arrangement will also monitor and ensure enforcement of traffic rules and regulations across Niger state,” he said.
Egigogo urged the public, especially motorists to observe safety precautions while using the roads and abide by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol of social distancing in their vehicles.
He advised the people to always wear their face masks and observe social distancing as they celebrate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this year’s Eid-El-Fitr celebrations is slated for Saturday and Sunday with two public holidays on Monday and Tuesday declared by the Federal Government.
The Corps PRO stressed that the personnel of the FRSC would be on all the highways in the state to ensure strict compliance of overloading and COVID-19 physical distancing amongst commuters and to respond to distress calls.
He then wished the citizens of the state a hitch free celebrations.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1,200 personnel in Ogun
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Friday said it had deployed 1,200 personnel for its special patrol operations to ensure a crash-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Oladele said that the 1,200 Regular Marshals were added to complement the daily enforcement of the presidential directive on COVID-19 operations in the state.
According to him, a total of 36 patrol vehicles, five advance Life Support Ambulances, four high capacity Patrol motor bikes and a Heavy Duty Tow Truck had been deployed for the exercise.
He said the exercise would hold between Friday and May 30 to check the excesses of motorists during the Sallah festival.
The exercise, he said, would prevent overloading of vehicles with passengers and goods, enforce physical distancing, ensure compulsory use of face masks as well as restrict movements across Ogun during the period of the curfew.
Oladele said the exercise would also prioritise giving prompt attention and care to victims of road traffic crashes and immediate removal of road obstructions with recoveries of valuables from scenes of road traffic crashes and handing them over to their lawful owners.
The FRSC boss enjoined all the operatives to display high level of diligence and professionalism during and after the special operations.
Oladele also warned that erring motorists arrested for contravention of traffic rules risk prosecution by special mobile courts.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Accident: Consider other road users, FRSC tells drivers, vehicle owners
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), RS2 Command, Lagos, has called on vehicle owners and drivers to ensure regular vehicle maintenance and have consideration for other road users.
Mr Samuel Obayemi, Zonal Commander in-charge of Lagos and Ogun states, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He was reacting to an accident, which claimed one life and injured some on Thursday on the Otedola Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He said that the accident involving a petrol tanker and two other vehicles was avoidable, noting that it was caused by brake failure on the part of the tanker.
“FRSC has always advised vehicle owners and drivers to ensure regular vehicle maintenance and have consideration for other road users,” Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said.
NAN reports that the accident, which occurred at 8.20a.m. on Thursday, involved a white Toyota Hiace, marked KJA 581 XG, a blue Mack trailer marked KRD 259 XR and a blue Volkswagen Golf marked AAA 722 FU.
Seven male adults, two male children and four female adults were involved in the accidents, with a female adult losing her life while three male adults, two male children and two female adults got injured.
A similar accident occurred on May 10 when a tanker laden with petrol lost control and hit the road median, killing a woman.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
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