happiness over the success of special
patrols conducted by the FRSC in
the outgoing year, saying while 48
percent reduction was achieved
during the Sallah celebration as
compared to the same period in
2016; there was a corresponding
reduction of 23 percent in the
fatality rates during the same
period last year.
He noted, however, that a
reduction of 33 percent was
recorded in the rate of road traffic
crashes during the 2017 Easter
special patrol as compared to the
same period in 2016, adding that
a reduction of 35 percent fatalities
was recorded within the period.
On the level of compliance
with use of speed limiters by
commercial operators, the Corps
Marshal noted that the compliance
level has gone to 40 percent
currently, expressing optimism
that more drivers are keying into
the project.
The Corps Marshal expressed
regret over continuous violent
attacks against personnel of the
corps performing their statutory
duties on the highway, urging
the transport union leaders to
warn their members against such
barbaric acts. He vowed that he
would pursue cases of violence
against members of the corps to
the logical conclusion to get justice
for the victims.
In their various remarks, the
transport union representatives
commended the Corps Marshal
for his untiring efforts to unify
the various unions for collective
campaign against the menace of
road traffic crashes.
They expressed satisfaction
with the existing collaboration,
unity and synergy which
they said was made possible
through the unifying initiatives
of the Corps Marshal and gave
assurances that they would
support the corps for the success
of the end of year special patrol
The President of the National
Association of Road Transport
Owners, NARTO, Alhaji Kassim
Bataiya particularly assured
that towards the success of the
operations, his union has secured
the services of 200 members
who would be sent to the FRSC
for special training by the
corps for deployment for traffic
management assignment during
the special operation.
The meeting which had in
attendance representatives of
the major transport unions in the
country including the NURTW,
also had representatives of the
Secretary to the Government of
the Federation, SGF, the National
Security Adviser, NSA, and the
Department of State Service, DSS,
in attendance. DRIVERS of the Bus Rapid
Transport in Lagos State on
Thursday stayed off the roads.
This led to a lot of chaos with
commuters stranded along the
routes plied by the buses.
As at press time yesterday, the
operators of the BRT, Primero
Transport Service Limited, were
yet to speak on the development
as their spokesperson,
Mosunmola Agbaje, could not be
The buses were all parked at the
company’s Mile 12 terminal.
Collaboration with road
transport unions
Meanwhile, with the ongoing
plan to flag off the end of
year special road safety patrol
organized by the Federal Road
Safety Corps, FRSC, leaders of
the road transport unions in the
country have jointly expressed
solidarity with the FRSC, giving
assurances to work to make the
exercise a success. This was the
outcome of the pre-end of year
operation meeting held with
the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye
Oyeyemi at the FRSC National
Headquarters, Abuja.
According to Bisi Kazeem,
Corps Public Education Officer,
FRSC, while welcoming the
participants, the Corps Marshal
expressed satisfaction with th
level of support and solidarity
he has received from them over
the years with some physically
participating in the end of year
special operations. He noted
that the need for sustained
collaboration of the stakeholders
is most imperative during the
embers months due to increased
human and vehicular traffic and
assured that the Corps is not
leaving any stone unturned in
its commitment to ensuring safer
road environment during the
yuletide season.
In his pre-meeting presentation,
the Corps Marshal noted with
appreciation, the support of
members of the unions during
the recent FRSC 7th annual
lecture series; the efforts of the
PTD-NUPENG in increasing the
number of drivers with valid
driver’s licence and regular
attendance of the Chairman
of the National Union of Road
Transport Workers, NURTW,
Alhaji Najeem Yasin, to most of
the FRSC programmes. He further
noted the ongoing construction of
roadside clinic for FRSC in Ilorin
by the NURTW and the Driver’s
Licence centre being constructed
by the Road Transport Employers
Association of Nigeria, RTEAN,
at Uromi.
Oyeyemi further expressed

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