FRSC Promises To Reduce Accidents On Highway By 50%

The Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr Boboye Oyeyemi has assured the public that the corps will reduce by 50 per cent the rate of accidents on the highways if the funds appropriated for the agency was adequately released.

He made this known during the agency’s budget defence before the Senate Committee on Federal Character headed by Sen. Tijjani Kaura on Wednesday in Abuja.

Oyeyemi who said this would be achieved through the agency’s strategic goals also noted that the commission would train state traffic management agencies with a view to improving professionalism.

He, however, called for the upward review of the agency’s budget so as to function optimally.

The lawmakers commended FRSC for reduction in road crashes in 2017.

The FRSC is yet to publish the full data of road accidents for 2017.

But in the first quarter of last year, the National Bureau of Statistics reported 2,556 road crashes, with 42.69 % caused by speed violation.

Loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 12.73% and 7.34% of the total road crashes recorded.

A total of 1,466 Nigerians were killed during the period, while 8,672 Nigerians were injured.

 

Yelutide: FRSC Deploys 36,000 Regular, Special Marshals

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed deployment of 36,000 regular and special marshals nationwide for the end-of-year special patrols.

According to the FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, 795 patrol cars, Boboye also ordered deployment of 204 motorcycles, 106 ambulances and 21 tow trucks for the exercise.

Kareem said that the patrol code-named `Operation Zero Tolerance’ had the theme, “Right to Life on the Highway, Not Negotiable’’.

He said that the patrols would begin on Wednesday and end on Jan. 15, 2018.

Kazeem said that the operation was aimed at easing traffic, reducing accidents and preventing accident-related deaths across the country.

He said that the operational strategies would include establishment of 13 help areas and nine camps on accident-prone corridors to cater for accident victims.

“Other strategies include quick response to distress calls, 24-hour visibility on critical corridors, uninterrupted motorised patrol, day-time route lining, traffic control and deployment of 201 mobile courts.

He said that the corps would also activate high alert on internal and external medical facilities for intervention in the event of road accidents.

Kazeem added that the corps would undertake aerial surveillance and have purposeful synergy with other security agencies.

According to him, the corps marshal has ordered strict enforcement of traffic laws with focus on speeding, use of phone while driving and overloading, among other forms of dangerous driving.

“Management staff, zonal commanding officers, zonal heads of operations and some other senior officers of the corps have been massively deployed to monitor the exercise on critical corridors.

“Commanding officers have been directed to closely collaborate with sister security agencies to ensure safe and secure end-of-year patrols.

“Their involvement is to provide security support and check activities of recalcitrant offenders, dissidents and other anti-FRSC elements,’’ he said.

Kazeem added that the FRSC would deploy a special monitoring team to watch over corridors and ensure strict compliance with the directives.

According to Kazeem, the special monitoring team would provide first-hand information to the corps marshal on developments as regards the patrols.

Kazeem urged road users to make use of FRSC’s helpline (122) in the event of accidents and other emergencies.
NAN

Apapa Gridlocks Will Soon be Over – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that the perennial gridlocks in Apapa area which had spread to other parts of Lagos would soon be a thing of the past.

Mr Olalekan Morakinyo, FRSC Head of Operation in Lagos, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that traffic lock down was as a result of influx of tankers to Apapa ports.

Morakinyo said that the situation was compounded by the ongoing rehabilitation of roads in Apapa area, adding that the gridlocks would soon be over when the roads were completed.

According to him, many tankers came to Apapa loading bay without schedule, thus causing the gridlock.

“It begins from lkorodu road and the Western Avenue axis to Ijora.

“As soon as the road is completed all the corridors within the axis will experience free flow of traffic,” he said.

He urged motorists to be patient and obey traffic officials to ease traffic within the short period of the road rehabilitation.

Mr Semiu Oladele, a tanker driver, told NAN that the bad roads within Apapa area posed great challenges to their operations, resulting in the logjam.

NAN recalls that stakeholders, comprising traffic authorities, transport unions and port users, on Friday gave the trucks and tankers parking indiscriminately 48 hours to vacate Lagos roads.

Similarly, the Lagos State Government also on Friday asked trailers to keep away from Lagos roads until the resolution of the traffic logjam.

4 Police Officers Die In Fatal Accident

Four police officers died while 30 others were severely injured in a fatal motor accident that occurred along Unguwar Rogo Area in Sokoto Metropolis, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mr Ibrahim Abaras, The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sokoto State Command, who confirmed this to NAN on Tuesday, said that the accident occurred at about 7.30 p.m on Monday.

Abaras said that the victims were all newly recruited officers who were participating in a training at the Police College, Sokoto.

According to him, they were returning from a shooting range exercise at Kware Local Government Area when the incident occurred near the State History Bureau.

The PPRO said that the dead bodies were handed over to their respective families and were buried accordingly.

Abaras added that the injured were being hospitalized at Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Police Clinic and Kware Nueropsychiatric Hospital, all in Sokoto.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Abdulkadir, Deputy Gov. Ahmad Aliyu, Commissioners, some government officials as well as community members participated in evacuating the victims to hospitals and funerals.

He added that state government had offered to provide the necessary logistical support to the victims, describing the incident as the first of its kind in Sokoto State.

NAN

Eid-el-Kabir Festival: We Did Not Record Any Accident In Osun – FRSC

By Toba Ajisafe

 

 

The Osun State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Anthony Oko has said no accident was recorded during the Eid-el-Kabir festival in the state.

 

 

Anthony made this disclosure during an interview with OSUN DEFENDER on Friday.

 

He disclosed that, during the Sallah period the Command did not have any record of accident within the State.

 

He said, “We started the Eid-el-Kabiru festival patrol on 31st of August, ended it on 6th of September 2017 and the patrol went well by ensuring diligent monitoring on Highways and fine the err motorists”

 

 

However, Anthony lauded the effort of the state government for the completion and opening of Rasco bridge via Old garage, which has been under construction for months, adding that the completion and opening of the bridge has eased the vehicular movement at Ola-Iya Junction during the festival.

 

 

He said “The opening of the bridge is timely, especially during the time of the festival and we have a positive effect at Oke-Fia and Ola-Iya.

Oyo To Evaluate Faulty Vehicles On Road – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged relevant organs of the Oyo State Government to evacuate all faulty vehicles along with some major roads in Ibadan, the state capital to check accident.

Mr Austin Aipoh, an FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 11, gave advice in Ibadan when he paid a farewell visit to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi in his office on Friday.

Aipoh, an Assistant Corps Marshall, is in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo zonal command of FRSC.

Aipoh said his advice became necessary because there were faulty vehicles on the express way along Oluyole, Egbeda and Ojoo Local Government Areas of the state, stressing that such development also posed danger to motorists

He further urged the state government to deploy its personnel to clear bushes on the side of the major roads to curb criminal activities and adequately equip its traffic management agency to complement to ease gridlocks on the roads.

In his remarks, Ajimobi said that the state government had reconstructed several federal roads in the state, adding it would not relent in evolving measures to improve the management roads across the state.

Ajimobi, who was represented by Chief Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, promised that the state government would continue to create an environment that would enable security personnel to operate efficiently and effectively, especially on roads.

“The present administration has been fulfilling the core promises for which our people voted for us. Among them is the provision of standard roads in and around the state.

“We cannot abandon federal roads in the state because they belong to the federal government; it is our people that ply the roads.

“We won’t allow such roads to remain in bad condition while motorists suffer, we have been doing this overtime,’’ the governor said.

Auto Crash In Ogun Take The Life of One Passenger

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday confirmed the death of one person in an early morning accident that occurred on Owode-Ijako Road, Sango-Ota in Ogun.

Mr Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, the Sango-Ota Unit Commander of FRSC  in Ota that the accident occurred at about 2.00 a.m.

Oguntoyinbo said that the accident occurred when a DAF truck marked BDG 522 XS heading toward Abeokuta from Lagos lost control due to brake failure and rammed into another articulated truck.

He said that three persons were involved in the accident, but only one of them died.

“The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the Sango-Ota General Hospital,’’ the FRSC official said.

The unit commander advised drivers to always maintain speed limits and ensure that their vehicles were road worthy before embarking on a journey to avert road accidents.

Oguntoyinbo said that the vehicles had been towed from the scene of the accident to prevent a gridlock on the road.

37.7% Of Recorded Road Accident In Kaduna Drops For The First Half 2017

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday said the number of road accidents recorded in Kaduna State dropped to 392 in the first half of this year.

The figure was against the 620 accidents recorded in the corresponding period in 2016, a drop of 37.7 per cent.

The Sector Commander, Malam Umar Ibrahim, gave the statistics in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

Ibrahim said that the 620 accidents recorded in the first half of 2016 involved 856 vehicles, but the figures dropped to 392 accidents involving 555 vehicles in the same period in 2017.

“The number of people involved in the accidents equally reduced from 4,767 to 2,699 with the corresponding  decrease in the number of injured from 2,546 to 1,700,” he said.

The sector commander did not give the number of deaths recorded in the accidents but attributed the successes to the improved attitude of motorists towards their safety.

He said that compliance by commercial vehicle owners to the directive to install speed limit device had greatly improved in recent times.

Ibrahim commended motorists and urged them to continue to cooperate with security agencies on the highways to ensure accident-free roads.

“I am equally calling on private vehicle owners to install the device of self regulation to control speed and save lives.

“Political office holders can help in that regard, this is because if members of the national and state house of assemblies installed the device, others will follow.

“I want to also say that not all accidents are the will of God as many people erroneously believed.

“If you guard yourself against accident, God will help you, but you cannot be careless on the road and expect to be invincible.

“Let us all join hands to keep our roads safe for all road users at all times,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said that the command has concluded the “audit” of the entire township roads in the state to know roads that require roads signs and those that are bad and need repairs.

He said that recommendation would soon be submitted to the appropriate authorities for immediate action.

“Plans have also been concluded to comb the highway to take care of road side grasses obstructing drivers’ view and replace broken signs where necessary,’’ Ibrahim said.

FRSC Returns N354,000 Found On Accident Victim To Relatives

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, in Osun, on Wednesday, returned a huge amount of money recovered from an accident victim to his relatives.

The Assistant Commander in charge of Ipetu-Jesha Unit, Bello Odebode, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ipetu-Ijesa.

Ms. Odebode said that the sum of N354, 000, which was recovered from the victim had been returned to his relatives.

The FRSC official said that the commission was saddled with the responsibility to protect lives and property of the public, especially on highways.

“We are not just protecting lives on the highways but also public property, as one of our mandates,” she said.

According to her, the need to return recovered property from accident scenes shows that the commission does not hold back whatsoever is recovered, even if the victims involved die.

Ms. Odebode charged other corps commanders of the commission to imitate this good virtue and also be a patriotic Nigerian in the course of discharging their duties.

She said that the sum of N354, 200 recovered by the commission’s patrol and rescue team, belonged to one Johnson Adeyemi, who had since been in a critical condition in the hospital.

“The money we are returning back to the relatives of the victim involved in an accident belongs to one Johnson Adeyemi.

“His friends and relatives, including his wife, are here to take back what we recovered from the spot of the accident,” Ms. Odebode said.
The FRSC official advised motorists to always obey road traffic laws in order to avert unforeseen accidents, which might lead to loss of lives and property.

Earlier, the wife of the victim, Abimbola Adeyemi, had lauded the FRSC for the spirit of sincerity and truthfulness.

Mr. Adeyemi was involved in an auto crash on June 26 along Ilesa-Ipetu-Jesa road and he is still lying critically ill at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa.

 

Amobode Places Permanent Ban On VIO Officials,Bans FRSC From State Roads

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday announced a permanent ban on the State Vehicles Inspection Officers, VIOs from operating in all Lagos roads.

The governor also ban the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, from operating on state roads in the metropolis, except on federal highways.

He said: “Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to reiterate that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have been asked to stay off our roads permanently.

“We also advice the Federal Road Safety Corps to stay on the fringes and highways and not on the main streets of Lagos. It has become evident that these agencies contribute to the traffic challenges on our roads.”

On the Berger construction, Ambode said: “What we set out to achieve with this project was to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the express, safeguard the lives of our people who had to run across the express and project the image of a truly global city to our visitors. “Today, we are delighted that we have not only succeeded in transforming the landscape of this axis but with the slip road,

“What we set out to achieve with this project was to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the express, safeguard the lives of our people who had to run across the express and project the image of a truly global city to our visitors. “Today, we are delighted that we have not only succeeded in transforming the landscape of this axis but with the slip road,

“Today, we are delighted that we have not only succeeded in transforming the landscape of this axis but with the slip road, lay bys and pedestrian bridge, we have given a new and pleasant experience to all entering and exiting our State. “This project is the product of our innovative team of engineers, architects and town planners who have worked hard to create an innovative solution to tackle the challenges of this axis.

“I say a big thank you to the staff of the Lagos State Ministry of Works and the contractors – CCECC Nigeria Limited for a job well done.” NAIJ.co earlier reported that Akinwunmi Ambode recently stopped the activities of Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) on roads in the state.

“This project is the product of our innovative team of engineers, architects and town planners who have worked hard to create an innovative solution to tackle the challenges of this axis.

“I say a big thank you to the staff of the Lagos State Ministry of Works and the contractors – CCECC Nigeria Limited for a job well done”

It was gathered that Akinwunmi Ambode recently stopped the activities of Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) on roads in the state.

5 Guns Discovered In Kaduna Crash Vehicle

Tragedy struck in Kaduna on Sunday as 15 persons, including six national women leaders of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ, perished in an auto accident in the state.

The accidents occurred at two different spots.

The Federal Road Safety Corps’ Sector Head of Operations, Kaduna, Mr. Salish Umar Galadunci, confirmed the incidents.

He, however, could not say whether the women leaders were part of the accident which occurred along Kajuru Junction, Maraba Rido  Kachia Road, in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

A source told our correspondent that five high-ranking women lost their lives along with the driver of the bus conveying them from Kebbi State after attending the inauguration of the church in the state.

In his account, the source  said the wife of a former ERCC Secretary General and  Vice Chairman, Sanga Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Mrs. lydia Nuhu Idzi, was among the women that died in the accident.

While confirming the incident, the FRSC official said, “On 14/5/17 at about 1630hrs at Kajuru Junction, Maraba Rido  Kachi Road, two vehicles moving in the same direction collided and caught fire with 18 persons inside.”

Galadunci explained that the vehicles were trying to dodge a motorcyclist who was crossing the road when it collided with another oncoming car and immediately went up in flames, roasting about 13 of the 18 persons in a Toyota Hummer bus with number plate, AkW 60 XA.

He said, “The first vehicle in the front, which was on speed, tried to avoid the Okada but instead ran into a ditch by the roadside and the other vehicle following also rammed into the bus in front and there was fire.

“The two vehicles are a Toyota bus with number plate, AKW 60 XA; and a Toyota Starlet, with number plate, AA 379 FNN. Eighteen persons were involved; five persons were  injured; 12 died, including two adult males and 10 adult females.”

He added that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the mortuary of St. Gerard Catholic Hospital in the state capital.

Meanwhile, Galadunci said in another rescue operation carried out by the men of the sector command, another accident, claiming three lives, occurred along the Mazuga Village, 10 kilometres away from Kachia-Kafanchan Road on Saturday.

The FRSC official said items recovered from one of the vehicles included five locally-made AK47 rifles and a magazine.

He said, “In another development, on Saturday, May 12, at Mazuga Village, 10 kilometres from Kachia – Kafanchan Road, another accident happened involving two vehicles , an Audi Salon car, with number plate AG 601 MKR and an Opel Vectra  with no registration number.

“This happened at about 16.07hrs. Our men quickly rushed to the place and found out that some good Samaritans had already started bringing the victims out of the damaged vehicles. Seven persons were involved, three persons died, while four persons were injured.

“In addition, five locally-made AK47 rifles and a magazine were found in the Audi Salon car, whose driver, Mr. Sabo Goni, was still alive but injured. The police at Kachia were quickly alerted.

“The recovered arms were handed over to the DPO, Kachia Division for further investigation.”

Source: Punch