The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commenced the deployment of 35,000 regular and special marshals, 736 patrol vehicles, 120 ambulances, 25 towing trucks and 204 bikes ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the federal capital of the nation says that the massive mobilization is aimed at ensuring a safer road environment and good road network before, during and after the festive period.
He said further that:
“With the declaration of Sunday, August 11 as the Day of Eid-el-Kabir in Nigeria, the FRSC has begun massive mobilization of its personnel for the Sallah special patrol aimed at ensuring safer road environment during the festive period and beyond".
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Duration of FRSC Sallah special patrol
Mr Kazeem claimed that the deployment will start on August 9 and extend till 16th of August 2019. Also, he added that the special patrol operation has become necessary, following the Corps’ commitment to its 2019 Corporate Strategic Goals of reducing road traffic crashes (RTC) by 20 per cent and fatality by 25 per cent on the average.
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“FRSC has a tradition of always organizing special patrols during festive periods as a way of averting the chaos that characterizes the road during the celebrations. As such, this year’s Eid-el-Kabir will not be an exemption".
He therefore advice that Motorists should endeavor to obey traffic rules and maintain consciousness of their safety to avoid arrest and prosecution by the Corps and its officers on duty. Further, users should as much as possible avoid falling prey to preventable accidents on the road in the course of their journies.
Focus of FRSC during the Eid-El Kabir special patrols
According to Mr Kazeem, FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, on the other hand in order to ensure the effectiveness of the operations, has directed commanding officers in various formations across the country to ensure that the 52 corridors are properly manned throughout the period of the operations.
He said further that:
"The Corps Marshal also directed that the operatives pay first-rate focus on effective traffic control, wrongful overtaking, use of phone while driving, drivers license violation, lane discipline, removal of rickety vehicles on the road, driving with expired/ worn-out tires and without spare tires, among others".
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Mr Kazeem opined that in order to make this a reality, the Federal Rad Safety Corps had adequately prepared both its personnel as well as necessary machiner to ensure operational objectives are met. Said he:
“The Corps has deployed operational equipment in the categories of radar guns, breathalysers to put a check on drunk driving; operational logistics materials are also to be fully deployed for this exercise. “
More so, the Corps Marshal has equally directed that all zebras must be active 24/7 and be responsive to calls within the minimum FRSC response time to crashes reported.
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Places covered in FRSC Sallah special patrols
The 52 corridors to be covered as stated by Mr Karen are: Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano corridor, Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos corridor, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri corridor, Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu corridor, among others.
“In line with the foregoing, the patrol is to run in shifts as follows: 0600hrs – 1400hrs, 1400hrs – 2000hrs, 2000hrs – 2200hrs, and Night Rescue teams to be on standby at all operational Commands.
“The Corps will go into the exercise with the friendly collaboration with military units en route or resident, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), state-owned/NGOs’ ambulance service providers, National Network on Emergency Rescue Services (NNERS) and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).”
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Meanwhile, Mr Clement Oladele, the FRSC’s Sector Commandant in Ogun, made it known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun State, that the deployment of both regular and special marshals became necessary to ensure a free flow of traffic, thus reducing the pains suffered by motorists in the state.
The FRSC state boss said that construction zone will feel much more impact of this development of the heavy presence of FRSC personnel because those are areas prone to most accidents. According to him, areas in such categories include Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Benin-Ore Expressway, Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway, Idiroko, Ewekoro, as well as Itori Ifo.
He claimed that such drastic measures must be put in place to save lives and property, as it had been anticipated that many people will be in transit during the sallah festive period in the state.
This thorough approach by the commands across the state is to intensify the enforcement on safety and to control the excesses and recklessness of drivers.
He stated further that;
“Any driver caught driving against the traffic and not compliant with the traffic rules and regulations will be arrested and prosecuted."
He therefore employ motorists to conform to the average speed limits on the highway especially at construction zones, avoid drinking while driving, and stop wrongful overtaking in order to reduce road mishaps during the Sallah festivities.
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