27 July 2020 by Kayode Oyedare
Following the imperative of achieving a crash and hitch free 2020 Sallah celebration, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has approved deployment of thirty five thousand regular and special marshals across the Country.
In a statement, the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr. Bisi Kazeem says the Corps Marshal also directes all Commanding Officers to collaborate with COVID-19 Task Force teams and security agencies to ensure maximum compliance with established laws, orders and directives on physical distancing, compulsory use of face mask and restrictions of movement across states.
In the statement the Corps Marshal maintains that the massive deployment of personnel is to ensure free flow of traffic, prompt removal of obstructions and timely rescue services in the event of any road crash for realisation of a safe motoring environment during the season and beyond.
It says for a successful celebration Commanding Officers must enforce without compromise all established laws on safe road use.
While charging them on the need adhere to Presidential Orders, Mr. Oyeyemi reveals that the objectives of the special patrol is to achieve among others, Compliance with safety protocols set up by the various states with respect to COVID-19, to ensure that the Presidential Orders on interstate travels and restrictions are diligently enforced with all sense of professionalism and civility.
Others are to curtail the occurrence of Road Traffic Crashes within the period and provide prompt rescue services, when necessary, ensure full deployment of patrol vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks, bikes and other patrol equipment and collaborate with security agencies to ensure effective traffic management, increased visibility on the highways, and strict enforcement of overloading and physical distancing violations amongst commuters.
He warns that the special patrol was necessitated by the upsurge in road traffic volume and the rise in COVID-19 cases Nationwide.
The Corps Marshal further instructs Commanding Officers to apprehend any vehicle caught in the act of overloading their vehicles with both persons and goods and the offenders be prosecuted in the already established mobile courts across the federation.
He therefore calls on all Nigerians to be at alert, cautious and exhibit required road discipline before, during and after the celebrations.