The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has introduced “Roll of Dishonour’ to tackle corrupt personnel .
The FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr Kingsley Agomoh, made this known when he declared open the FRSC zonal RS7 quarter retreat in Abuja on Saturday.
Agomoh said that the commission had been battling with cases of corrupt personnel who tarnish the image of the commission, saying the initiative is to eliminate corrupt practices during patrol.
The FRSC official said the measures adopted would ensure that the integrity of the commission was not tarnished
He said that the `Roll of Dishonor Board’ was aimed at publicising any staff whose appointment was terminated because of extortion and malpractice.
“We have in the past done everything to stem corruption from the FRSC to make it a world class organisation.
“To let people know that we don’t tolerate unwholesome behaviour of our men on duty surveillance has been carried out on the FRSC personnel while on duty on the roads.
“We have discovered how to tackle the menace of corruption. The role of dishonour is a zonal initiative where we are going to have a board that will have corrupt officers name written.
“So, if you are caught for any act of compromise on the roads and you have gone through the trial and found wanting even after appeal and running through the course your name will appear.’’
Agomoh said that even when such corps was terminated his name would remain on the board in all unit and zonal commands to serve as deterrent for others.
He added that the board would have the culprit’s name, the offence committed and his state of origin.
“This is so that if tomorrow your child or relative walks into the office and sees your name they will know why you were terminated from the FRSC.
“So, in the morning as our men are going on patrol they will see the board and ask themselves, do I want my name to be here?
“Of course the answer is no, so they will conduct themselves well,’’ he said.
He urged all the commands to replicate the Roll of Dishonour Board in their respective commands.
He that the FRSC had marked at the Finance and Nicon junctions in Abuja as some of the black spot areas where accidents occur frequently and was working to address it.
Agomoh said that the retreat would enable the FRSC to reassess what it had done before and how to add more value.
This, he said, would be done by looking at the areas where it had not done well to improve on its operational activities.
Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, the Sector Commander of FCT, said the command would stem the rate of crashes in the FCT since the black spot had been marked
Oghenekaro identified speed as the major cause of road crash, adding that the reason was because of the quality of roads in the nation’s capital.
“We advice that people should not break traffic rules and regulations, especially at night thinking the FRSC will not be there.
“You must be disciplined because it is the hall mark of any gentleman or lady.
“Road safety is a shared responsibility you have to play your own part with or without our presence on the roads because it’s for your safety.’’
Also, Mr Imoni Amarere, Managinig Director, News Services, DAAR Communications, appealed to “the FRSC to always ensure that enforcement goes with public enlightenment and courtesy while on duty”.
Amarere also advised FRSC to take road safety campaign to socio-cultural and religious gathering to further broaden the horizon of Nigerians on the issue and also use the social media.
According to him, this will enable more people hear about how to save their own lives on the road and also caution drivers while on transit.
He added that surveillance cameras ought to be built into traffic lights so as to monitor traffic violators as practiced in other countries.