By Adedapo Adesanya
The Federal Government of Nigeria has recruited and trained 8,000 personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to safeguard highways in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said on Tuesday in Abuja while decorating the new FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Dauda Biu, with his new rank.
He said that the injection of the personnel into the system was among the numerous support that the FRSC received since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2015.
Mr Mustapha said that several interventions were targeted at reducing the high rate of carnages on roads in the country, noting that the support includes assenting to the six United Nations Conventions and Agreements on road traffic.
“Building and inauguration of a world-class auditorium, ICT Hall and ultra-modern medical centre at FRSC Academy Udi, Enugu State.
“Also, building and inauguration of administrative block, hostels for cadets of the Academy and Junior officers of FRSC Staff College at FRSC Academy Udi, Enugu State.
“The approval of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy Document I and II to deepen road safety administration and encourage inclusiveness,” he added.
Mr Mustapha said that the Corps was also able to expand the scope of its national driver’s licence production plant with the building of a new print farm in Lagos.
According to him, this is in addition to a new training school for road Marshal Assistants in Shendam, Plateau.
“Also, the establishment of Marshal Assistant Training School in Awo Alero through effective collaboration with the Delta State Government.
“The workforce was also increased through recruitment and training of over 8000 personnel.
“On the operational front, a total of 958 vehicles were injected into the corps, and a total of 16 new Sector Commands were built to boost staff welfare and comfort in the workplace,” he said.
The SGF charged all officers and men to consolidate on the successes made so far in achieving the mandate of road traffic crash eradication in the country.
Mr Mustapha said that the event was historic, as it was the second time a career staff was appointed to head the ISO-certified organisation in the capacity of corps marshal.
Speaking, the new corps marshal appreciated President Buhari for finding him worthy of the appointment. The president confirmed Mr Biu as substantive corps marshal on December 30, 2022, having served in an acting capacity since July 2022 after the retirement of Mr Boboye Oyeyemi.
“We will work hard, the appointment is giving us more vigour, and we assure you that we will not fail you and we will not let you down,” Mr Biu said.
Airtel Supports Police for Safety of Lagos Road Users
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
As part of its commitment to support the activities of the police in ensuring the coordination and safety of Lagos road users, Airtel Nigeria has donated some traffic booths.
According to the Commissioner of Police for the Lagos Police Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, the booths will be placed in strategic locations across the state to serve as an inspiration to other organisations to support the police in the discharging of their duties.
At a brief ceremony to hand over the items at the Lagos State Police headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, Mr Alabi thanked the telecommunications service provider for the gesture, recounting previous support over the years.
Some of which included the donation of phones to all police commissions in Lagos, donation of patrol vehicles, renovation of Zone 2 Command, renovation of Lekki Phase 1 Police post and the provision of CCTV cameras, etc.
“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman, and the Lagos State Police Command, I would like to thank Airtel for their support to the Nigeria Police over the years and for this particular donation of traffic booths for our traffic officers through its corporate social responsibility.
“Not everyone or every organisation appreciates what the police does for society; therefore, we are pleased to see that Airtel recognizes and supports our effort to carry out our duties optimally,” he said.
Also speaking, the Director of Corporate Communications at Airtel Nigeria, Mr Femi Adeniran, said, “Over the years, Airtel Nigeria has worked closely with the Lagos Police Command, and we have collaborated on several initiatives with a positive impact towards making Lagos a safer and more secured State to live in and do business.
“We are firm in our resolve to drive the vision of Airtel Africa towards sustainability consistently, and we consistently work to demonstrate this in our deeds through our CSR interventions.
“We are always glad to support the police force in the great work they do daily because we understand that once there is security, people can live and make ends meet without fear, and that is the only way we can say that we have a good society.”
Traffic Gridlock: Lagos Directs Petrol Stations to Close by 4pm
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Petrol stations located along the major roads in Lagos will now operate from 9 am to 4 pm daily, the Lagos State government has directed.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the move was to curtail the traffic gridlock witnessed around such fuelling stations in the metropolis.
The incessant scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, in the city and other parts of Nigeria has caused vehicles to queue for the product, causing a clog in vehicular movement.
Most of the queues are seen around petrol stations belonging to major oil marketers because of their pump price. At the moment, most of them sell at the official price of N169 per litre, while other fuelling stations sell between N240 per litre and N260 per litre.
The quest to buy cheaper fuel has forced most motorists to queue for many hours at stations selling the official pump price.
To address traffic caused by the queues and ensure the free flow of vehicular movement in the metropolis, the state government has moved to “regulate the activities of major and independent petroleum marketers operating along major roads and traffic-prone areas within the state,” according to the statement.
Mr Oladeinde said the state government was not happy with the “indiscriminate activities of motorists queuing to buy petroleum products and often impeding the free flow of traffic on some roads.”
He said the government has now decided to ensure that, “petroleum marketers whose filling stations are situated on major highways and areas susceptible to traffic will henceforth be allowed to operate only between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm daily, pending when the fuel shortage crisis subsides.”
The Commissioner added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU) and other law enforcement agencies have been charged to ensure a seamless flow of traffic across the State.
Mr Oladeinde urged “all major and independent petroleum marketers operating across the state to comply with the directive to avoid sanctions.”
Lagos Orders Evacuation of Trucks Ahead of Buhari’s Visit
By Adedapo Adesanya
With President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos in sight, the Lagos State Government has warned all truckers’ unions to remove their trucks and vehicles that are parked along the Blue Rail line corridor route.
The President is expected on a four-working day trip to commission some projects in the commercial city, including the Blue Rail Line and Lekki Deep Seaport.
In a statement by the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), it warned its members to adhere to the directive of the government on the evacuation of trucks so as not to have them impounded.
The statement signed by AMATO’s National President, Mr Remi Ogungbemi, said that there was a need to do the needful so it would make it easy for the President to have smooth commissioning, hence the roads must be vacated for ease of vehicular movement within and around the state.
“The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Transportation hereby directs the removal of all trucks that are parked on Blue Rail Line Corridor from Iganmu down to Okokomaiko or have their trucks impounded by the State Government due to the planned Four (4) days working visit to Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari for smooth commissioning of the Lagos Blue Rail Line project.
“Blue Line Rail would be running on electric tracks with Electric Motor Vehicle (EMV); hence, human activities, including parking of trucks around the Blue Rail line corridor, is a threat to life and general safety. Hence, the need to keep off the Blue Rail Corridor.
“That parking of trucks along the Blue Rail Corridor is a threat to the security of the rail infrastructure.
“To this end, all truckers are hereby enjoined to remove their trucks from the Blue Rail Line Corridor from Iganmu to Okokomaiko to prevent their trucks from being towed, as to be forewarned is to be forearmed,” the statement read.
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