The Federal Road Safety Commission on Wednesday, said it issued no fewer than 31,000 driver’s licenses to applicants in Edo in 2018.
He said that the figure comprised new licenses, renewals and replacements.
Oko, who also led staff and stakeholders on a road walk to sensitize commercial and private drivers to the dangers of reckless driving, advised motorists to acquire driving licenses through the proper channel.
“This will help them to avoid possessing fake driving license. There are 41 certified driving schools in the state; interested persons could go through any of them to acquire driving skills.
“Motorists should desist from over-speeding and drunk-driving as well as ensure that they put their vehicles in good shape to be road worthy.
“The FRSC is in partnership with driving schools across the state to reduce road crashes, ensure safer roads and avoid incessant deaths caused by fatal accidents on the roads.
“Road crashes in Edo have reduced significantly due to the improvement in visibility of FRSC personnel in the state,’’ he said.
Oko said that the command was working towards creating more outposts to further promote personnel visibility.
On the issue of scarcity of vehicle number plates few months ago, he explained that the scarcity was not peculiar to state.
He added that the problem had been resolved and the FRSC had cleared the backlog of request for number plates.
“The onus is now on applicants to go and pick up their number plates. Applicants should go and collect their driving licenses.
“Our major challenge is the lukewarm attitude of applicants to pick up their licenses after applying,’’ he explained.
Ogun FRSC gets new sector commander
Mr Umar Galadunci has been appointed the Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Oladele made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun.
NAN reports that the Board of the FRSC recently promoted 119 senior officers to various ranks nationwide.
Oladele and his successor benefitted from the promotion.
Oladele described his successor, who was transferred from Kaduna State, as experienced.
“I want to thank all the staff of the command for cooperation with me during my stay in Ogun.
“I urge them to extend the hands of cooperation to the new sector commander,” he said.
Oladele will resume in Enugu on June 12.
Lockdown ease: FRSC arrests 4,235 drivers nationwide
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Friday said that a total of 4,235 drivers were arrested for overloading of vehicles during the first phase of the gradual lockdown ease.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
“Out of this number, 972 drivers were arrested for overloading their vehicles with goods.
“While a total of 636 were arrested for overloading their vehicles with both goods and passengers.
“Also a total of 2,627 were apprehended for overloading their vehicles with persons alone, bringing to a total of 4,235 in all.
“Meanwhile, in the course of the arrests, a total of 7,594 passengers were discharged to make way for adequate physical distancing in the vehicles, out of the 4,235 vehicles apprehended for conveying 17,614 passengers,” he said.
Kazeem noted that the corps had been able to evaluate performance in the last four weeks following the end of the first phase of the gradual ease of the lockdown.
He said that the corps was also able to identify areas of strength where significant achievements were recorded and areas where gaps existed.
Kazeem said that the corps had strengthened its capacity to address the identified gaps as quickly as possible.
He said that the corps would also sustain the tempo and to some extent, enhance the performance in the areas where it recorded huge success.
He noted that the corps was working in synergy with other security agencies through the instrumentalities of joint task force, mobile court operations and effective patrol operations.
Kazeem, however, said that collaboration was key to the success of the special patrol operations, saying that combination of the above strategies was expected to yield adequate result as expected.
FRSC redeploys 119 senior officers
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has approved the redeployment of 119 Officers of the ranks of Assistant Corps Marshals, Corps Commanders, Deputy Corps Commanders and intermediate ranks.
Oyeyemi who disclosed this in a statement by Chief Route Commander, (CRC) Media, Mr Sanni Abdullahi on Friday in Abuja, said that the redeployment takes effect from June 12.
He said that it was in pursuant to the recent promotion of senior officers by the FRSC Board and the need to reposition the officers for more efficiency.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the affected officers include:
“Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Mr Hyginus Fuomsuk, former ACM, Federal Operations to take over from Mr Victor Nwokolo as ACM Command Administration and Strategy (CAS) at the National headquarters (RSHQ).
“While Mr Kugu Ismaila formerly the Sector Commander Nasarawa State is now ACM Administration, RSHQ.
“Others are Mr Francis Udoma the outgoing Sector Commander Imo State who is to take over as Zonal Commanding Officer RS9 Enugu,” he said.
Oyeyemi noted that the newly promoted Assistant Corps Marshal, Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, remained in charge of Public Education as ACM Public Education.
He added that ACM, Mr Hyginus Omeje who was formerly the Sector Commander, Lagos State is now ACM Federal Operations in the Operations Department at the national headquarters.
“Mr OC Olalade, former Sector Commander Ogun State is to take over as Commandant, FRSC Academy, Udi from ACM, Mr Jonas Awgu who has been redeployed as Zonal Commanding Officer, RS4 Jos Zonal Command.
“Mr Shehu Iliyasu, the Corps Procurement Officer retains his position as ACM Procurement while Mr Benjamin Anafa, former Head of Section, Monitoring and Evaluation, RSHQ is now ACM Monitoring and Evaluation,” he said.
The corps marshal added that apart from Enugu, Ilorin, Benin, Port Harcourt, Jos, Bauchi and Abuja Zonal Commands, all other Zonal Commanding Officers remained in their respective areas of authority.
“Corps commanders posted to the affected Sector Commands include; Mr AT Hassan ,Ondo, Mr YD Dio, Yobe Mr Y Abdullahi , Bauchi, Mr EF, Akinlade Ekiti, Mr OI Akporo Plateau.
“Mr AO Ogungbemide, Lagos, Mr R Ogom, Bayelsa and Mr OS Ochi, Akwa Ibom, among others,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that Deputy Corps Commanders that were redeployed include the Deputy Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Mccharm Sambo who is now the Deputy Corps Commander in charge of Logistics, FCT Sector Command.
He added that the acting Corps Provost, Mr Anume Osuampe is now the Deputy Corps Commander in charge of Operations in the FCT.
He urged the officers to remain steadfast in their commitment and dedication to duty and to share in the FRSC vision of making Nigerian roads safer for motorists.
FRSC charges officers to be more committed, hard working
Mr Rotimi Adeleye, the Ondo State Sector Commander, made this call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Akure.
NAN reports that Adeleye has just been promoted along with his Deputy Sector Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide from the rank of Corps Commander (CC) to Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) and from Deputy Corps Commander (DCC) to Corps Commander (CC) respectively.
“Our men and officers should believe that hard work, prayer and commitment to work pay.
“It has become imperative for them to be committed to their work because whatever you do while in the office, people are noticing and observing you.
“They should continue to do the right thing and shun eye services. Do your work the way it is supposed to be done either your supervisor is around or not. One day, you will reap what you sow.
“They should do their work and by the time you do it judiciously, definitely you will have your rewards,” he said.
According to Adeleye while speaking on his new rank, the new promotion goes with higher responsibilities.
He, therefore, implored commercial motorists to desist from overloading and speeding that could cause road crashes and fatality on the roads.
FRSC decorates four officers with new ranks in Kaduna
Following the recent promotion of Senior Officers in the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Kaduna command on Wednesday decorated four Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC) to Corps Commanders with their new rank.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the new officers were decorated by the Zonal Commanding Officer, ACM Aliyu Datsama, alongside the Kaduna State Sector Commander, Hafiz Mohammed at the Zonal Command, Kaduna in line with the PTF Protocols on COVID-19.
The officers, who were decorated with their new ranks are: DCC Operations Kaduna, Salisu Galadunci, Sunusi Kiri, Head of Operations, Zone 1 Kaduna, Ahmad Mohammed DCC Operations FRSC Kano State and Idris Fika DCC Operations FRSC Jigawa Command.
Corps Commander Galadunci, who responded on behalf of the newly decorated Senior Officers, thanked the management of FRSC for their promotion and pledged their loyalty and dedication to saving lives and properties while carrying out services to the nation.
Lockdown: FRSC tasks personnel on enforcement
The Corp Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has tasked Commanding Officers to approach the enforcement of the Presidential directives with all vigour.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, disclosed this in a statement released to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on the commencement of the Phase II of eased lockdown, spanning from June 2 to June 29.
Oyeyemi said the call was necessary in order to flatten the curve of the deadly pandemic in the country.
According to him, the directive is to further reiterate FRSC’s commitment towards sustaining existing collaborations with the national, subnational governments and key stakeholders in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
He said it was to further ensure that the order on restrictions were diligently and effectively enforced with all sense of professionalism, civility and resilience.
He charged commanding officers to ensure adequate deployment of personnel on all routes.
“As the nation moves into the second phase of the eased lockdown regime, personnel must show diligence.
“They must ensure total enforcement of inter state travels, compulsory use of non medical facemasks and physical distancing, amongst motorists,” he said.
Oyeyemi decried the alarming upsurge in deaths and spread of the virus across the country, which he said had become a major priority operation of the corps.
He ordered commanding officers to ensure the full utilisation of the work force through effective deployment of personnel to arrest without hesitation.
“Any motorist who contravenes the national orders by overloading their vehicles, violating directives on inter state travels and compulsory use of facemasks would be sanctioned.
“Commanding Officers must ensure that the vehicles are impounded and the occupants handed over to the Police for prosecution in the Court of Law for contravening the Presidential Orders.
“Except the vehicles and the occupants were accredited essential workers with proof of identification, conveying agricultural produce, manufactured goods or petroleum products,”he said.
Oyeyemi called on the public to take advantage of FRSC’s numerous public relations platform to report any driver sighted violating the Presidential orders.
“The public is hereby directed to call Centre through the toll free line: 122 or the studio of the National Traffic Radio, 107.1 FM through the telephone lines: 08052998090 and 09067000015 for immediate action.
Lockdown ease: FRSC records 81 accidents, 40 deaths in Lagos, Ogun
Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the crashes occurred in the four weeks of the Presidential lockdown ease in Lagos and Ogun.
“An analysis of the data of the Enforcement Operation carried out so far in the zone showed that we have a total of 81 road traffic crashes with only 24 fatal where 46 lives were lost.
“Forty-three of the crashes were serious which injured 154 people, while 14 were minor accidents,” he said.
According to him, the total vehicles stopped and returned to their originating places within the period were 2,872 while enforcing the Federal Government ban on inter-state travels.
The FRSC boss said that the zone arrested 770 vehicles for overloading as the most prevalent offence.
Obayemi, who urged motorists to drive with care, said that the lockdown ease should not be another death sentence to road users.
“As the flow of vehicles along major highways in the zone increases, road users should be conscious of safety and be very careful.
“This is important so that as they run away from Coronavirus, they won’t be killed through careless and reckless driving on the road.
“Many of these road traffic crashes recorded are avoidable,” he said.
President Buhari had on April 27, announced a “gradual easing” of COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from May 4.
Lockdown ease: FRSC impounds 2,019 vehicles, records 33 crashes in Lagos
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Lagos State Command, said it impounded 2019 vehicles for various offences during the COVID-19 lockdown ease between May 4 and May 31.
The Sector Commander, Mr Hyginus Omeje, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday, said the corps would not tolerate disregard for road safety rules and regulations.
Omeje, who was recently promoted from Corps Commander to an Assistant Corps Marshal, said the corps recorded 33 road traffic crashes within the period.
He said 10 of the crashes were fatal, claiming 10 lives; 13 were serious, which injured 40 people, while 10 were minor accidents.
“Our operational activities in the sector and component commands from May 4 show that the corps booked and impounded a total of 2,019 vehicles and the most prevalent offence is overloading.
“The corps arrested a total of 666 vehicles for overloading in this period. We will continue to do our best to reduce road crashes and save lives,” Omeje said.
He said the corps would continue to ensure hitch-free traffic flow along major highways in the state.
According to him, motorists should be patient and obey traffic regulations on the highway.
FRSC promotes, decorates 3 senior officers
The Federal Road Safety Corps on Tuesday in Ilorin decorated three of its senior officers.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Amauche Nwaka, while reading the address of the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the promotion was well-deserved, based on hard work.
“As it is the culture of the Corps, the seasons of reward have never been delayed.
“This was achieved with the introduction of a novel process in promotion, in the form of virtual interview, rounding off the 2019 promotion.
“I congratulate all of you for your well-deserved promotion. You worked hard for it. You should be mindful that you will be met with several forms of new challenges.
“You should, therefore, be prepared for these challenges and opportunities; your ability to sustain your new positions would vindicate your elevation.
“Therefore, it is on this premise that you are charged to continue to work as we go forward, considering the numerous road safety management challenges facing our dear country.
“You are required to bring a new lease of life into the fight, by ensuring that all government policies at all levels are strictly adhered to.
“Above all, you must live by example; COVID-19 is real, keep safe,” he charged them.
NAN reports that the officers promoted and decorated included the Kogi Sector Commander, Corps Commander Omotosho Abe, elevated to the rank of ACM; Ekiti Sector Commander, Corps Commander Faustina Alegbe, promoted to the rank of ACM, and Deputy Corps Commander Joshua Adekanye, who got promoted to the rank of Corps Commander.
Responding on behalf of the promoted officers, the most senior promoted officer, ACM Omotosho Abe, thanked God and the Corps Marshal for deeming it fit to elevate them.
“We are happy because our ranks and responsibilities have changed. We appreciate God because we thought it was impossible.
“We appreciate the Corps Marshal and all our senior officers here present today. We say a big thank you,” he said.
NAN also reports that the occasion was graced by the Zonal Commanding Officer RS11
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