In a bid to ensure safer roads in the country, stakeholders of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in collaboration with road transport operators, have pledged their commitment to ensure the safety of roads as well as the enhancement of economic activities across the country.
This rose from an interactive session between the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, at the FRSC National Headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking at the event was the General Manager Administration, of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Zubairu Ahmed, who commended the Corps Marshal for organising the stakeholders forum.
He also said that stakeholders are experiencing new dimensions to road safety campaign in the country, with increased sensitization programmes.
Ahmed said, “We appreciate your approach to issues of road safety campaign, which is based on consultation,”
“It is therefore, our own responsibility to pass the message to our members who are not here so that they can be educated on the need to support what the FRSC is doing in the interest of all road users,” he added.
Also speaking, was the National President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Nazeem Yasin, who described the event as timely and appropriate.
According to him, the meeting was held in the so-called ember months, a period where road traffic crashes are most rampant.
Yasin applauded the FRSC for its numerous road safety campaigns and urged all stakeholders to support the corps.
The FRSC boss, appreciated the stakeholders for their responsiveness to meetings whenever they are called upon, despite the short notice.
According to him, the meeting has led to increased public awareness on road safety, which has left a long-lasting positive impression on road users.
He also assured stakeholders that the campaign would continue until sanity returned to the roads.
Oyeyemi said, “We have been sustaining this consultation since September last year and when I visited you in your various offices in January this year, we all resolved to step up the campaign through Mega Rallies, which have raised the level of awareness by road users.
“I commend all of you for the initiatives and I assure you that we would sustain the campaign until we are convinced that every road user has been well enlightened and sanity has returned fully to our roads.”
At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders resolved that the FRSC can commence warning enforcement that involves Free Safety Checks on erring vehicles.
They further agreed to sustain the ongoing enforcement on use of retro-reflective tapes, broken and malfunctioned lighting system in vehicles, which lead to poor illumination in the night.