FRSC Officials To Start Bearing Arms

FRSC Officials To Start Bearing ArmsThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it is taking steps to arm its roadside personnel for their safety.

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made this known after detailing an increased rate of personnel casualties at the commission.

This was one of the issues that emanated from the year-ending strategy session convened by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Bringing together all state commanders and sector heads of the FRSC, Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi noted that 2016 has seen an unprecedented rate of intentional violence against Road Safety officials.

With the implementation of a reviewed road safety enforcement strategy, the FRSC has recorded an unprecedented 25% reduction in road fatalities and a 15% reduction in road accidents.

In actual terms, there were 4,005 deaths and 7,657 road crashes at the end of the 47th week in 2016. And while progress has been made with greater operational efficiency, unprovoked vehicular criminality has proven much more difficult to check.

He emphasized that with the death of over 70 FRSC personnel in 2016 alone, there has been an increase in personnel casualties at the hands of motorists who drive on the wrong side of the law.

The Corps Marshal emphasized that such violent acts would soon be met with the full force of arms.

He made it clear that the act establishing the commission allows them to bear arms.

While the FRSC intends to protect road users, they believe recent trends necessitate measures that will safeguard the guardian; measures they hope would eliminate unjustifiable acts of violence against their personnel.

FRSC Confirms Four Dead,Analyses Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Situation

Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlock, Tanker accident,One more person has been confirmed dead, by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, bringing the death toll of the Lagos-Ibadan express way accident, to Four.

He also made the confirmation that five, not four vehicles as against Wednesday’s report, were involved, while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Mr Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”

Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

After rescue efforts were completed, on Wednesday, the aftermath of the accident was the gridlock which commuters still have to suffer a day or more after.

The FRSC Boss, explaining further said:

“All those tankers, trailers that were packed because of the gridlock yesterday, started moving, and because the inbound lane had been shut down for repairs, leaving only one lane, there is bound to be a band-wagon effect.

“When those tankers are moving, there’s no way for any other vehicle to attempt to over-take,” he said.

He however stated that his men had worked over-night and were still on ground, while suggesting that “what we require now, is traffic redistribution.

“All those trailers should be re-routed so that there can be flow of traffic for smaller vehicles and buses,” he stated.

Mr Oyeyemi, then suggested three ways by which the situation could be abated.

He said, vehicles could re-route through Lekki-epe, Ikorodu or Sango-ota, Abeokuta routes.

However to make that move possible, he hinted that he would be relocating from Abuja to Lagos on Thursday, so that proper discussion could be held on how to further ease the situation.

The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The prompt deployment of men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police prevented the situation from escalating further.

Three Confirmed Dead In Diesel Tanker Accident

Tanker accident, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlockThree persons have been confirmed dead on Wednesday, after an accident that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan express way.

The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The roads reached a gridlock following the incident, although traffic officials have been working to ease the road tension so far, and joint evacuation efforts were being carried out by men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police.

FRSC Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”

Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

As early as 3:30am on Wednesday, traffic already started building-up, in what many thought was the usual traffic, which started last week due to the re-construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Unknown to them, the ghastly accident had just occurred, involving goods-laden truck, diesel tanker and some vehicles.

According to passers-by, vehicles heading toward the axis were diverted to the inward-Lagos lane as officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) cordoned off the outward Lagos-lane.

A bus driver giving account of the event said he got caught up in the traffic which he thought was due to the u-turn before Secretariat bus-stop, but on getting to the u-turn, he saw FRSC officials diverting vehicles to the inward-Lagos lane.

Tanker accident, Lagos-IbadanVehicles that were already ahead on the cordoned off lane started making a u-turn to join the inward-Lagos lane on sighting the diesel tanker accident.

Public vehicles that are Mowe-Ibafo bound, began dropping off passengers at Berger bus-stop, refusing to go further because of the situation, with passengers left with no other choice than to trek from Berger to their various destinations.

Another eye-witness who requested anonymity, explained that the failure of the fuel tanker’s brake system caused it to lose control and collide with the truck.

Thanks to the prompt alertness of the FRSC, LASEMA, Lagos State Firefighters, and Police who were able to bring the situation under control with rescue operations still ongoing.

FRSC Officials however warned motorists that were now driving against traffic, to be careful.

Petrol Tanker accidentA spokesman for the FRSC told Channels Television that immediately the event occurred, “Our men, LASEMA and many other emergency response organizations, rushed to the scene of the accident.

He believes that the accident was as a result of indiscipline of drivers.

“What you have seen is a classical example of indiscipline that has been happening on this road, since the commencement of the rehabilitation of the roads.

“As you can see, there are about four vehicles involved, which means two-lane carriage way had been converted to four-lanes and as a result, they struck themselves and there was a crash and also an explosion of fire.

He however, gave the assurance that the debris would be cleared while the traffic would ease as soon as possible.

Obiano Discusses Inter-state Partnership With Okowa

Willie Obiano, Ifeanyi Okowa, Inter-state CollaborationAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has visited his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to discuss issues of inter-state security, economy and road safety ahead of the yuletide.

Governor Obiano said that the visit was in the bid to strengthen the mutual relationship existing between the two states.

The meeting held on Wednesday at the Delta State Government House in Asaba, south-south Nigeria.

It had in attendance, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, whose attention was called to the area of road safety, especially at the Bridge Head axis where traffic gridlock is always experienced.

Addressing the press at the end of the closed-door meeting, Governor Obiano said some of the issues discussed touch upon strengthening inter-state partnership.

He listed the areas of focus to include security, economy and supporting the FRSC to ensure free flow of traffic during the Christmas period.

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentDr. Okowa, on his part, expressed confidence that the cooperation of the two states, which he said was the best way to go, would yield positive results for the two sister states in the area of security.

In his response, Mr Oyeyemi assured the governors of immediate dismantling of road blocks, removal of obstruction and reduction of the strength of both military and police check points.

FRSC Warns Against Using Expired And Fairly Used Tyres

frsc, fairly used, expired tyresThe Federal Road Safety Corps has organised an awareness programme for commercial drivers against the usage of expired and fairly used tyres, which it said is responsible for most of the accidents along highways in the country.

The sensitization programme on the need for drivers to use right and quality tyres was held at the premises of the Harmony Transport Services, Ilorin.

In his welcome address, the Kwara State Sector Commander, Sunday Maku, urged drivers to change tyres every four years after manufacturing or after 8,000 kilometres.

He advised drivers to change two tyres at once and they should be at the back and not the front as this would allow proper grip on the road.

Also contributing, the Zone 8 Commander of FRSC, John Meheux, during a demonstration, said that wrong usage of tyres and non-usage of quality could easily lead to accidents.

He urged the drivers to always check the manufacturing and expiry date of tyres constantly.

The Corp Marshall of the FRSC represented by Deputy Corp Marshall, Ademola Lawal, while also condemning the usage of fairly used tyres, admitted that the economic situation of the country might not allow people to purchase new ones.

He, however advised the transport unions to form cooperatives to purchase new tyres in bulk for their members.

The Deputy State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Baba Abata, who spoke in Yoruba, challenged the FRSC to ensure that fairly used tyres are not imported to guard against their usage instead of blaming the commercial drivers.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Corps Marshall told Channels Television that the percentage or actual number of deaths, injuries or accidents as a result of the bad tyres could not be given as it was yet to be computed.

FRSC Goes Tough On Bad Tyre Import

Tyre-FRSCThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has directed its officials to impound vehicles with expired tyres plying Nigerian roads.

This instruction takes immediate effect following the rising cases of tyre-induced road accidents in recent times.

The Corp Marshall of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the directive on Monday at a news conference attended by Senate leaders, ministers, service chiefs and other stakeholders in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that accidents caused by substandard or expired tyres have been responsible for scores of accidents in 2016 alone, hence the need to crack down on offenders.

Giving their opinions on the issue, the Director General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Paul Angya, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Tijjani Kaura, decried the high rate of tyre import in Nigeria.

They said that the market was awash with over 250 brands of imported tyres, most of which were substandard and could barely survive two years on the road.

They maintained that it would no longer be business as usual for the traders.

The event came on the heels of a deadly car crash that left 12 Ekiti State medical doctors dead and another accident involving seven secondary school students of Kano State.

On investigation, the FRSC confirmed that the accidents were largely caused by tyre burst, owing to over-speeding.

Overloading: FRSC To Clamp Down on Erring Drivers

Road-Safety-Commission-overloaded-vehicleWorried by the high rate of road accidents recorded on major highways across the country as a result of over loading, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it will clamp down on drivers found culpable.

FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi gave the warning on Wednesday when he visited the Kaduna State Sector Command.

He said the commission will soon embark on massive enlightenment campaign at motor parks, mosques, churches and other public places on the need to avoid overloading of vehicles plying the highways.

The FRSC boss stated that over 63 deaths have been recorded so far within the first quarter of the year due to over loading and speeding.

He also said the commission will wage a total war against non-compliance on the use of seat belt by motorists.

Mr Oyeyemi expressed worry over the increase of road crashes across the country which he said could be avoided if motorists adhere to the safety rules.

To reduce the crashes, he urged his officers to increase their level of operations by ensuring that all obstructions and broken down vehicles are removed on major highways and roads.

He also urged the officials to shun all forms of corrupt practices that will tarnish the image of the commission, promising that his administration will continue to improve on their welfare.

One other strategy being adopted by the commission to reduce road accidents is the continuous meetings with officials of NURTW and tanker drivers on the need to make the roads free and safer for all users.

FRSC Releases Easter Statistics Of Road Accidents

frscA total of 77 persons lost their lives and 358 persons were injured in over 90 road accidents across the country in six days, during the Easter period according to the FRSC.

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, released the statistics in Abuja on Friday.

He said these figures represent a 9% reduction in the deaths recorded over the same period in 2015, 23% reduction in the number of injured persons and 32% reduction in road accidents over the same period last year.

Urging Nigerians to exercise increased caution as the rainy season approaches, he said that the campaign for the use of rear seat belts as well as speed limits for commercial drivers are being intensified as these have impacted positively in the reduction of road accidents recorded so far.Road Accidents

Following the loss of a senior official of the commission who was killed during the Easter break, the Corps Marshal also threatened to press for criminal charges for further assault on officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission.

He said that they would henceforth involve the Police and the Justice Ministry to ensure maximum sentence for such assault against their men.

FG Promises To Treat Safety Of Highway As Priority

boboye oyeyemi road safety bossThe Federal Government of Nigeria has promised to treat the issue of road safety on the nation’s highway as a matter of priority.

The Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government, Dr. Ray Ugo, on Tuesday, made the pledge at a meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

Dr. Ugo announced that the government planed to increase funding of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure that the spate of accidents on the nation’s highway would reduce.

According to the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, recent statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that road traffic injuries remained a major public health problem and a leading cause of death, injury and disability around the world.

“Road crashes causes not only economic loss to a nation, but also has developmental consequences,” he stressed.

The Country Representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Vaz, however, proffered solution on what should be done to reduce road accidents, stressing the need for implementation of policies.

Officials at the event were hopeful that more funding and rehabilitation of existing roads were steps in the right direction.

FRSC To Commence Training For Drivers Of Political Appointees

FRSC boss-Boboye OyeyemiNigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced plans to commence training for drivers of all political appointees in the country.

The Chief Executive of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja Following the death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi.

The FRSC boss said that the initiative would help improve the driving skills of drivers and reduce crashes on the nation’s highways.

“We have successfully completed about 75% training of convoy drivers involving State Government drivers and we are already working to also increase the tempo in the training of the drivers of the newly appointed members of the executive council which is very important.

“We need a kind of proficiency – driver’s improvement programme. If you observe of recent, we have done it for drivers at the State Government level involved in the convoy of governors, that is why you’ve seen a drop in the crash of governors.

“The death of Mr. Ocholi has forced me to fast track the training of the drivers of the members of the executive council so that all their drivers would get trained as appropriate on defensive driving techniques before the end of the month.

“The conduct of the training is very critical because we need to work with members of the Federal Executive Council especially the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing (Babatunde Fashola), to ensure that all what is required as road furniture is put in place in respect of this.

“We have been getting maximum support from the Minister and I think that we partner more in respect of this,” Mr Oyeyemi said.

Mr Oyeyemi added that the report of investigation into the cause of the accident that claimed the Minister’s life would be ready in the next 72 hours.

Yuletide: FRSC Sets Up Mobile Courts To Try Defaulters

frscThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed 36, 000 men to federal roads across the country to ensure adherence to road safety laws and free flow of traffic during the Christmas celebrations.

The Corps Marshall of the Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, told journalists in Abuja that mobile courts have also been set up at strategic places nationwide to instantly try erring motorists and defaulters.

He said an aerial surveillance will kick off on the eve of Christmas to located any building gridlock and send in officers to clear these roads and ensure motorists have a smooth travel for the Christmas.

Agency Urges Motorists To Comply With All Traffic Rules

frscThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has warned motorists in Nigeria to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of vehicles on the highways, as there will be no waiver for any traffic violations.

The warning issued on Thursday was part of efforts to ensure safer highways, especially during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

At the official flag-off of a patrol exercise in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, the FRSC Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the intensive special patrol was aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually associated with the surge of human and vehicular traffic across Nigeria during festive period.

The FRSC boss also announced that over 700 patrol vans and ambulances had been deployed across major highways nationwide, while more officers had also been sent out to major roads to ensure orderliness and safety of commuters

He explained that the incidence of fatal road accidents in Nigeria was phenomenal.

Safety Of Road Users

Trend analysis of fatal road accidents between 2006 and 2014 shows that at least 15,090 lives were lost to fatal road accidents in 3,075 events.

Statistics also revealed that the number of road accidents and related fatalities were always high during festive season and were largely caused by reckless behaviour, coupled with bad state of the roads.

While road traffic crashes are avoidable, the FRSC maintains that “only compliance with best practices of road use will guaranty the safety of all road users”.