CORPS Marshal of the Federal
Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr
Boboye Oyeyemi hos continued
his inspection tour of road safety
facilities along Abuja-Kaduna
expressway, which were established
to address anticipated traffic
challenges in the aftermath of closure
of Abuja airport and diversion
of air traffic to Kaduna airport.
The visit was to ascertain the
quality of facilities provided for
the operations and the level of
readiness of the FRSC personnel
posted to man the critical corridor.
According to Bisi Kazeem, head
of Media Relations and Strategy,
FRSC, Oyeyemi was accompanied
by the zonal commanding officer,
Zone RS1 headquarters, Kaduna,
Assistant Corps Marshal Bulus
Darwang and some senior officers
of the national headquarters.
The Corps Marshal disclosed that
the eight newly established outposts
had brought the number of FRSC
commands along the corridor to
21 with four ambulance points.
He further assured that the
personnel who would work at the
outposts had been appropriately
deployed with relevant logistics,
including patrol vehicles,
tow trucks and ambulances.
He urged the staff to work harder
to prevent cases of overloading,
lane indiscipline and route
violation, as well as speed violation
which are rampart on the road.
The Corps Marshal further stated
that while regular patrol would be
intensified along the corridor, mobile
courts would equally be put in place
to summarily try recalcitrant traffic
offenders, warning that lawlessness
would not be allowed to thrive in the area.
He, however, enjoined the staff to
demonstrate high sense of civility
and decorum in handling their
assignments, saying no unruly
behaviour would be tolerated.
Oyeyemi particularly commended
the federal government for the
provision of adequate facilities as
evidenced by the rehabilitation of
the road, urging the road users to
make the best use of the facilities.
He further enjoined staff manning
the road to show diligence in their
assignments, and particularly called
on those operating the ambulance
services to always remain at alert
to respond promptly to distress
calls from any part of the road.
While expressing satisfaction with
the general level of preparedness of
the corps to cope with the anticipated
traffic flow, the Corps Marshal assured
that with the level of sensitisation
already given to the staff and the
facilities deployed for the assignment,
he did not envisage any major
challenges with the six weeks that the
Abuja airport would remain closed.
He noted that all the facilities,
including the newly established
outposts, would remain after the
reopening of the airport to sustain
the operations with possibility of
replicating the facilities on other
corridors across the country.
In one of the outposts located at Zhipe
community, the Corps Marshal, who
was warmly received by the traditional
ruler, Habila Zarmai Barde, thanked
the traditional ruler for his support
and that of members of his community
for the staff posted to the area.
He appealed for sustained hospitality
to the staff, promising that the
corps would reciprocate the good
gestures by conducting themselves
well and contributing to the socioeconomic
development of the area