By ODUNEWU SEGUN
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Boboye Oyeyemi has commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for its commitment at raising the bar on road safety management in the country.
Oyeyemi gave this commendation during the unveiling of two hundred and eighty vehicles in Abuja penultimate Monday to boost the operational success of the FRSC at ensuring road safety on the country’s highways by the Federal Government.
“This commendable action of government will no doubt, increase 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.”
The elated Oyeyemi said President Buhari has been unequivocal in his concern about some of the recent preventable crashes and the need for collective actions. “This commendable action of government will no doubt, increase 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.”
Speaking further, the Corps Marshal said the present administration has also facilitated the development of a National Road Safety Strategy document with the recent endorsement of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy document by the National Economic Council (NEC).
He said the document seeks to harmonise the different road safety efforts by envisioning a country where road traffic crashes result in no death. “Our determination in this regard cannot and will not in the least be compromised because the lives of our citizens, using these roads is vital to our socio-economic renewal and indeed national transformation.”
While commissioning the vehicles, President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau commissioned the 283 new patrol cars, ambulances and tow trucks for the Federal Road Safety Corps, said that the vehicles will increase the capability of the FRSC as well as enhance its capacity to face the challenges of enforcing traffic rules and regulations.
“It is our hope that these fleet of vehicles will give impetus to the ongoing global campaign for road safety under the auspices of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.”
He also assured the management and staff of the FRSC that the Federal Government will continue to render the necessary support for the success of its campaigns for safety on the nation’s roads for the enhancement of the economic activities and tourist potentials of the people.