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New Dawn In Oyeyemi’s FRSC

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By Brown Justice

As the first officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to lead the organization as Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Olayemi Boboye Oyeyemi has made everyone proud in the country.

Appointed in 2014, Dr Oyeyemi has been able to change both the look and the negative perception held about FRSC by Nigerians. The Corps now has acceptable image and status as well as appreciative position in the hearts and minds of Nigerians.

Dr Oyeyemi is a man who not only made integrity his watchwords at the Corps, but has also demonstrated it in no small measures. He institutionalized integrity at FRSC by making sure those officers and men of the Corps abide by the practice.

Being a visionary leader himself, Dr Oyeyemi introduced far reaching measures and policies that made FRSC what it is today. Take for example, the recent inauguration of the National Road Safety Advisory Council as part of the activities to mark the 29th anniversary of the Corps since its establishment in February 1988.

Honestly speaking, since its establishment 29 years ago, they had never been anyone who got the FRSC closer to its core mandate of making Nigeria’s highways safe for motorists and other road users as well as educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of discipline on the highways like Dr Oyeyemi.

At the risk of sounding too sycophantic, let it be on records that the introduction and enforcements of the speed limiting device by Dr Oyeyemi has drastically reduced the rates of road accidents and carnages on our highways.

Before the introduction of speed limiter to vehicle users especially to commercial vehicles by FRSC, speed limits violations by motorists alone accounted for 50.8 percent of the total road crashes recorded in the country between 2013 and 2015.

Nigerians can now see why the usual crashes and deaths normally associated with the yuletide season were drastically reduced last year.

As a regulating agency of the Federal Government, the FRSC under the headship of Dr. Oyeyemi has ingeniously device means of detecting vehicles without speed limiting device installations in them; because not using it is an offence violating section 152 sub-section 4 of the National Road Traffic Regulations Act of 2012. The section reads: ”A person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiter on any public road.

Therefore, as a regulating and enforcing agency of the state, the FRSC Act of 2007 empowers it to make the use of speed limiting device mandatory on all vehicles plying Nigerian roads, no matter the status of motorists or persons in the society.

The successful execution of the ongoing tyre campaigns by FRSC under Dr Oyeyemi is very remarkable. According to the helmsman, ”Motorists now know that tyres expire. My focus is to raise the awareness and save more lives!”

Other far reaching successes achieved by the Oyeyemi-led FRSC includes but not limited to the ongoing campaigns against overloading by motorists as well as excellence in road traffic management. These two successes alone have worked the wonders of saving even the vehicle owners the burden of frequently taking their vehicles to mechanics as well as giving comforts to passengers.

Others successes are; the introduction of physical fitness exercise for personnel and the introduction of monthly 6-kilometer walking and jogging exercise for officers and men of the corps. The idea behind this is to ensure that personnel are both mentally and physically fit to carry out their functions. This is because exercise itself is a way of refreshing the mind and body of personnel for the various challenges some stubborn motorists may pose to them.

Nevertheless, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi was born on November 26, 1960. He subsequently started his formal education which has taken him to the nation’s citadel of learning.

Today, Dr Oyeyemi is a PhD holder from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University School of Government as well as the Royal Institutes for Public Administration in London.

In appreciation of his selfless services to Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 conferred on him the National Productivity Order of Merit Award. He is also a holder of another national honour known as Member of the Order of Federal Republic MFR.

Similarly, his service to the nation has won him many national and international honours and awards. Some of them includes; Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Award, American Medal of Honour Award by the American Biographical Institute, USA.

Others are; Best Performing Head of Department Award from 2009-2013, Certified Distinguished Administrator Award by Institute of Corporate Administration.

Finally, Dr Oyeyemi should be commended by all Nigerians for leading the FRSC to become the first enforcement agency to be ISO 9001:2008 Certified in Africa.

Mr Brown Justice wrote from Benue State.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Airtel Supports Police for Safety of Lagos Road Users

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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.”

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Traffic Gridlock: Lagos Directs Petrol Stations to Close by 4pm

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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.”

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Lagos Orders Evacuation of Trucks Ahead of Buhari’s Visit

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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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