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Easter: FRSC moves to ensure accident-free celebration

Posted: Apr 4, 2015 at 11:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor Correspondent, Abuja

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has deployed 34,000 personnel, 455 patrol vehicles, 66 ambulances, 102 motor bikes and 12 tow-trucks nationwide as part of measures to ensure sanity on Nigeria’s highways during the Easter celebration, from April 1 to 8.
In a press statement the FRSC Public Education Officer, Inoh Etui, said part of this nationwide engagement is the massive deployment of personnel and logistics along 23 designated corridors and black spots such as Sagamu-Ore-Benin, Lokoja-Benin-Auchi, Onitsha-Ihiala-Aba, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Hawan Kibo-Jos, Minna-Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua-Zaria, Kabba-Umuoke-Ekiti-Ido-Ilesha, Benin-Warri- Pataki-Port Harcourt and Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile highways.

Etuk said 24 emergency ambulance response centres located at designated routes across the country in the FCT, Kaduna, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba, Niger, Kogi, Ondo, Edo, Osun, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara states would be operational throughout the period.

According to him, the FRSC would be complemented by the Nigeria Police, Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and National Emergency Management Agency, among others.

He explained that this year’s nationwide exercise has become necessary to reduce the spate of road traffic crashes in the country, usually occasioned by violation of traffic rules and regulations, especially during festive seasons.

“Furthermore, the Corps Marshal has directed the removal of obstructions from the highways while efforts should be geared towards public enlightenment campaigns through the distribution of safety handbills.
“Infractions such as use of cell phone while driving, speed limit violation/dangerous driving, removal of rickety vehicles, overloading/wrongful over-taking, number plate (defaced) violation, expired/fake driver’s licence violations will attract severe sanctions from the corps,” he said.