By Brendan Umoren
In his commitment to taking the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to greater heights through effective and efficient utilisation of its human and material resources, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has said the Corps is committed to consolidating on its strategic goals in 2019.
He stated this on Monday while addressing Officers and Marshals on the Monthly Corps Marshal’s Parade held at the FRSC National Headquarters Abuja, to update them on the current developments in the Corps and the polity at large.
According to a press release signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, he stated that the Corps Marshal stressed the need for personnel of the Corps to rededicate themselves to issues of institutional development, capacity building and adherence to discipline.
He noted that the new year would be devoted fully to consolidating on the Corps’ past strategic goals with a view to enhancing its capability to deliver improved services to the public.
Bisi noted that while the Corps Marshal commended the staff for their impressive turnout and promised to improve their welfare and working conditions through infrastructural development, he warned against acts of indiscipline, indolence and and other negative practices capable of undermining their health conditions.
He particularly frowned at the ugly trends where some serving personnel engage in criminal activities that attract the investigation of other law enforcement agencies, which he described as unacceptable.
The Corps Public Education Officer further state that the Corps Marshal disclosed that in the efforts to address the challenges of operational areas of the Corps and bringing its operations in tandem with modern realities in road traffic management, the FRSC Establishment Act is currently undergoing legislative reviews and when completed, its name would change to Nigeria Road Safety Commission.
He added that as part of his commitment to saving the Corps from the exploitative rents of the landlords, efforts are being intensified to build permanent office structures in the field commands across the country through which 8 of such buildings have been completed and commissioned in the last 3 years while 3 more are in various stages of completion.
“The Corps Marshal expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his untiring support for the FRSC especially in the areas of provision of logistics and accession to the international conventions on road signage, which has brought Nigeria to the center stage of road safety conscious nations,” he stated.
On promotion, the Corps Marshal revealed that this year’s promotion exercise will commence earlier so that it would not stretch to the ember months period when there could be conflicts with the campaign activities.
He therefore urged the concerned personnel to start preparation in earnest, urging staff to actively participate in physical fitness exercises to get rid of minor ailments.
He also advised those affected by certain medical challenges to always seek for prompt medical attention at the relevant medical facilities and avoid hiding their health conditions.
On the 2019 general elections, the Corps Marshal explained the roles of the FRSC in the exercise, stressing that as a non partisan organisation, FRSC has no sympathy for any political party, but neutral in performing its assignment in conjunction with other security agencies.
He further disclosed that as part of the efforts to build the capacity of the staff that would participating in the election duties, there would be a capacity development programme for them, but warned staff against any act that could undermine the disciplinary codes of the Corps.
“Those that are not on election duties should stay clear from the polling areas during election periods and respect the law on movement of people and vehicles during elections,’ the Corps Marshal further stated.