if the current reforms being
planned by the Federal Road
Safety Corps, FRSC, to ensure
a safer motoring community
are implemented, recurring
road accidents, hurdles over
drivers’ licence, inadequate
road signs among other
challenges may be reduced.
As part of the reforms,
drivers licence renewal
applicants may have the
opportunity of applying
directly from their comfort
zones, while new applicants
must present a certificate from
an accredited driver’s training
school before consideration.
Also, the agency which
recently approved an optional
validity period for drivers
licence of three and five
years said this current effort
would overhaul operations.
With a Nigeria Road Safety
Strategy, NRSS, document
aimed at tackling issues
that have contributed to
the current rate of road
carnage in the country, FRSC
revealed during a media
tour in Abuja that it has
embarked on the production
of road signage to reduce
accidents across the country.
Corps Marshal, FRSC,
Boboye Oyeyemi, said recent
developments in the sector
symbolises “the sustained
intent of the federal government
to raise the bar on road safety
management and collective
dedication to the task of
exploring innovative and
resourceful ways of funding
road safety intervention.”
Oyeyemi said the agency,
which was presented with
283 operational vehicles
last Monday, has received
support from the current
administration in a bid to
meet global best practices.
The vehicles, purchased from
local assembly plants including
Peugeot Automobile Nigeria
Limited, Innoson Vehicle
Manufacturing Company
Limited and Nissan Nigeria,
is the first time that a large
number of operational vehicles
would be introduced at a time in
the 28-year history of the corps.
Oyeyemi said: “Globally, the
task of managing motorisation
and road transportation is
often fraught with daunting
challenges. While Africa
is noted to have suffered
the greatest burden from
the consequences of road
transportation, peculiarities
of the Nigerian sociopolitical
environment made
the accomplishment of this
task even more difficult.
“Our determination in
this regard cannot and
will not in the least be
compromised because the
lives of citizens using these
roads are vital to our socioeconomic
renewal and indeed
national transformation

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