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Yuletide: FRSC Embarks On Sensitization To Churches, Mosques

Posted: Dec 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie
Snr Correspondent,
As part of efforts to check accidents within Niger state particularly along the highways during the Christmas and New Year festivities, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has taken sensitization campaigns to road users in churches and mosques across the command.
Also about 36, 000 personnel to man close to 200 mobile courts that will be established in parts of the country, including Niger state for the end of year patrol besides the deployment of 15 Specials Marshals to ensure road safety complaints along the highways.
The Commands’ Public Relations Officer (PRO), Simon Kodji Bitrus who disclosed the lined-up preparations for an accident-free Christmas and New Year in an interview said 21, 000 Regular Marshals will also be on stand-by along federal highways across Nigeria for the festive season.
The visit by the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi to Governor Sani Bello, Bitrus said is to seek areas of collaborations with the state government on how to reduce carnages along the highways and as well, inspect on-going renovation work at the command secretariat in Minna.
He traced cases of accidents among road users, particularly commercial transporters to faulty lighting system, adding that carnages along highways will drastically reduce if private and commercial transporters comply with road safety rules.
The command, according to the PRO recently organised a symposium on Tankers and trackers with the theme; “Operation Sanity: Drive Safely into year 2016”, Unit Commanders were also detailed to visit at least 3 churches and 3 mosques per week ahead of the festive season.
“The FRSC embarked on enlightenment to churches in and mosques on safety consciousness on the highways. We emphasize more on; over speeding, overloading, dangerous driving including overtaking wrongly and as well, adhering to approved day and night lighting system”.
Bitrus said the command will in no distant future commence enforcement of speed limits, adding that most fleet operators in Niger state, particularly in Minna and other commercial hubs are being worked upon to install speed limit devices, Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme (RTSSS).
As a federal road regulatory agency, the PRO said efforts are also being made to check the activities or night travelers, educating fleet operators indulging on night journeys of the dangers and also evolving measures to reduce Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) to the barest minimum.
According to him, “The FRSC has concluded arrangements and ready to carry out the task before us but we are expecting additional logistics as promised by Mr. President to enable us surpass last year’s accident record”.
“The FRSC is going to operate 200 mobile courts to try traffic offenders throughout the end of year’s patrol and any traffic offence will be meted with maximum traffic punishment, you can be convicted and sent to prison or fined depending on the magnitude of the case”, he said.