Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has deployed 500 patrol vehicles, 50 ambulances, 85 motor bikes, 10 tow trucks and over 15,000 personnel, including special marshals, along designated routes as part of measures to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways during this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Part of the nationwide engagement plans, according to the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, is “massive deployment of personnel and logistics along 23 designated critical corridors and black spots such as Lokoja-Benin-Auchi, Abaji-Lokoja, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-HawanKibo-Jos,Minna-Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua-Zaria,Potiskum-Damaturu, Kabba highways and 65 routes, identified for this exercise.”
Similarly, the Corps’ 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, will be operational throughout the period.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja yesterday, the special patrol also entails intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the country.
“The nationwide exercise, which forms part of the Corps’ build-up towards reducing road traffic crashes during this year’s ember season, is in partial fulfilment of the FRSC 2015 strategic goals of reducing road crashes by 20 percent and fatality by 30 percent and has become necessary to ensure safer road use during the festive period, usually associated with high volume of vehicular traffic.
“The FRSC will be complemented by relevant stakeholders such as the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency and others,” it said.
According to Oyeyemi, “Operation Eid-el-Kabir is pursuant to the Corps’ sustained efforts to build a consistent tradition of scaling up public enlightenment campaigns and enforcing traffic rules and regulations throughout the year to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in Nigeria.”
He added that, “the 2015 Sallah patrol signifies the intension of the Corps to do all within its powers to ensure that zero road crash, injury and death are recorded throughout the period of the ember season and yuletide.”
Furthermore, the Corps Marshal has directed the removal of obstructions from the highways while efforts should be geared towards improved traffic control/decongestion and public enlightenment campaigns through the distribution of safety handbills.
“Overloading/wrongful over taking, unlatched containers and lane violations will attract severe sanctions from the Corps.
Motorists are also warned to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of their vehicles.

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