Boboye Oyeyemi {Federal Road Safety Corp Marshal} In The Eyes Of The Storm

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Road Safety Corp Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi

Road Safety Corp Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi

 

A}   Allegedly On A Deduction Spree From His Officers Salaries For Self

 

B}   Uses An Old ATM House ‘Valley Of Torture’

 

C}   Ocholi’s Death: The Preliminary Reports That Points To Official Ineptitude

 

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For those who have been following events from the office of the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety, Boboye Oyeyemi, it will agreed that these are not the best times for the man most of his officers address and call ‘The Oga with a passion to enslave his men’.  Aside making series of illegal deductions from salaries and allowances of his men at will such as the controversial N6,000 allegedly deducted from over 20,000 men and officers of Federal Road Safety Corp totalling N120,000,000, there have been other allegations of other deductions purportedly for a compulsive Cooperative.  It would be recalled that these deductions have continued until the officers raised alarm and threatened a showdown with the Road Safety echelons.

Smartly as alleged, Boboye upon learning that the officers were going public and knowing that the accusations are wealthy and could nail him in the face of the new anti-corruption wave immediately set up a committee that will convince the officers that all the deductions being made from their salaries and allowances would be kept in a specific account as their contribution in the Corp’s Cooperative.  The officers were said to have turned down the entreaties on the ground that all deductions should have been officially communicated to officers and men prior to the deductions and they queried why the committee only came into existence after many months of the illegal deductions. ‘Why will they hurriedly set up a committee when we raised alarm and brought the issue of illegal deductions from our salaries to public knowledge?  Do you know that shortly after these issues were made known to the public, our Oga subjected all of us to Secret Oat Taking which shows a man who is desperate to cover his wrongs, cow and gag the lips of his men.  But we cannot fold our hands in this democratic dispensation and watch one man increase the size of his pocket through our sweat’.  One Senior Officer blasted.

Similarly, it was alleged that recently, 500 drivers and riders sent to Kaduna State for Labour Trade Test had their salaries deducted by N16,300 even though the training was at the instance of the Corp. ‘How on earth will you deduct N16,300 and other illegal deductions from Officer salaries in a month?  How much do you think would be left of the salary when most of us are family people with responsibilities.  What is the N16,300 about when it was office that sent them on the training.  For goodness sake, the Corp should be the one to bear the cost and not the already impoverished officers.  Must they always be exploited because of one man’s untamed appetite for wealth’? One of the Senior Marshals who does not want his name mentioned questioned.

Our investigation revealed that to further cow his men, Boboye aside subjecting them to Secret Oat Taking has a room he uses as ‘Valley of Torture’.  When our team visited the said ‘Torture Room’ located between the Road Safety Building and the NFF building, we were astonished to see an inoperative ATM room that belonged to UBA Bank.  The interior {see picture} hosts many knives, arms and other torture tools including an electric switch which is used to drill any officer to speak the truth.  ‘This place has been used to torture us.  You are made to sleep, urinate and possibly pass excreta here.  Oga’s ‘hit men’ will plug a device in this switch and drill you more especially when it is believed that you’re a dissenter’.  As you can see, it belonged to UBA Bank and when UBA left, our Oga turned it to a ‘Valley of Torture’.  You will never pray to be kept here for a minute not to talk of hours and days.

Invariably, the death of the Amiable Minister of Labour, James Ocholi, his wife and son has revealed that Nigerian Road Safety Corp looks like an agency that preaches safety they don’t practice.  An aggrieved officer of the road safety has once alleged that Corp Marshal’s interest looks more like raking in funds from the offenders without any attempt at sustaining correctional and re-orientational programmes for road users and other stake holders.  Otherwise, how can one believe that Boboye could shot himself in the leg by publicly admitting that the Driver of Late James Ocholi had no drivers licence.  In this 21st century, it is disheartening that the Road Safety despite their daily road blocks allow people to drive our highways without drivers’ licence.  Road Safety officers are part of the entourage of these leaders and politicians yet they cannot enforce order and discipline to save their own lives and that of other road users.

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  1. Onyi Nwokolo March 17, 2016 at 9:56 am -

    Naija and bad belle! There is no storm anywhere for the FRSC’s Corps Marshal, other than misinformation and ill conceived intents. Oyeyemi Boboye is by every reasonable quality logic a blessing upon Nigeria’s FRSC and road users. Thanks to all those that saw the need and visited wisdom to actually professionalize the leadership of the FRSC by making it possible for Oyeyemi to become the Chief Executive of the FRSC from the Corps especially now that the International community has realized that the dearth of professionalism in road safety in Africa has been the major reason for its underdevelopment. The views of the writer of this condemnation on Oyeyemi are not only highly misplaced but they amount to mere ranting probably induced by the usual Nigerian work place internal squabble or personal dissatisfaction with no clear basis. The writer should have been bold enough to append his name in the protest to make his allegations worthy of investigation. Indeed, If a young final year law student of UNIBEN as recently reported in the media can write to his Vice Chancellor and boldly state that he is ready to forfeit his degree if the allegations he raised against his lecturers on their misconduct regarding both immorality and academic corrupt practices are found to be false, a protest he supported with documented evidence and swore under oath, why can’t this staff or insider of the FRSC disclose his name and do same? Nigeria has moved on beyond fictitious petition writers. Indeed the use of on line media to make bogus accusations against people in authority without back up facts is akin to gross cowardice. The man Oyeyemi has done so much for road safety in Africa, a simple Google search will substantiate such. Aside his role in championing international collaboration for the FRSC before and under his immediate boss in the FRSC, whom else has done that much for Nigeria? In fact, before Oyeyemi’s appointment as Corps Marshal, he was highly involved in redefining the complexion of road safety in Nigeria. It is on record that he was the WHO contact person at a period the world was incubating the idea of giving road safety in developing countries enhanced attention through the formation of a Global Commission to persuade the United Nations’ involvement . Particularly, then the existence of the FRSC was grossly unknown and even records of the World Bank never reflected that Nigeria had a lead agency on road safety in Nigeria. This is not in any way suggesting that Oyeyemi worked alone because other management staff of the FRSC worked closely with him but he was no doubt the real catalyst and the academic mind for these achievements. With all sense of modesty, Oyeyemi seems to be one of the most knowledgeable experts on road safety both in academics and practice in sub Sahara Africa. As a human being, he certainly has his own imperfections as it is widely assumed that his brilliance and focused professionalism cum limited social interaction may at times be misconstrued for arrogance and pride. This could be true for those that have not grown in human psychology because Oyeyemi could have his valid personal reasons for his attitude, after all our dear President Buhari with all his good qualities on anti corruption fight is well known to have no permanent friend. Indeed, the writer of the petition against Oyeyemi is best considered as under informed of his target’s well meaning contributions on global road safety growth. For emphasis, Oyeyemi is a great scholar on African Continental road safety studies and this is internationally acknowledged. Politics or not, he has made a great mark on road safety in global road safety improvements for the Africa, a highly neglected continent on global road safety discussions. Even if this petitioner’s pettiness or jealousy fuels Oyeyemi’s abrupt sack, I believe that there exist a handful of persons that will adequately protest such a misinformed action, as such the petitioner should channel his energy elsewhere. Indeed, with every humble intention, I think the UN or similar organisations will gladly accept Oyeyemi and in little time with affiliation with a university in a world that is desirous of experts on road safety from the developing communities, he may even emerge a professor given his many published studies. In any case, these are mere conjectures but the fact is that any forced exit of Oyeyemi from the FRSC will be gross loss to the real improvements on road safety in Nigeria as his past and present contributions have combined to witness real road safety growth in the past decade. For proper education, Oyeyemi has been everywhere asking the world to recognise the FRSC and seeking support for road safety growth. Hate or like Oyeyemi, he has done well for road users in Nigeria. The unconstructive antagonism on Oyeyemi as presented by the author of this fabricated protest under reference is certainly the beauty of free speech but in its present complexion of deception, it is just acrimony, bitterness upon rancor with no good premise! Never the less, the FRSC Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi will do well by recognizing that the FRSC has left some staff in a particular position for over six years despite their academic improvements and unfortunately, his tenure has introduced very stringent promotional examinations which seem so difficult to explain. On this, it will be very apt and fair for COMACE Oyeyemi as a past victim of delayed elevation to reverse this FRSC’s age long problem. Otherwise, he will keep receiving unnecessary knocks from his own camp. Staff Welfare, motivation and reward should be cardinal principles of the new professionalized FRSC under Oyeyemi. Indeed, the present Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi may be rated a Continental Champion and good man for road users’ interest in Nigeria but let his efforts include FRSC’s constituency.

  2. Onyi Nwokolo March 17, 2016 at 3:48 am -

    Naija and bad belle! There is no storm anywhere for the FRSC’s Corps Marshal, other than misinformation and ill conceived intents. Oyeyemi Boboye is by every reasonable quality logic a blessing upon Nigeria’s FRSC and road users. Thanks to all those that saw the need and visited wisdom to actually professionalize the leadership of the FRSC by making it possible for Oyeyemi to become the Chief Executive of the FRSC from the Corps especially now that the International community has realized that the dearth of professionalism in road safety in Africa has been the major reason for its underdevelopment. The views of the writer of this condemnation on Oyeyemi are not only highly misplaced but they amount to mere ranting probably induced by the usual Nigerian work place internal squabble or personal dissatisfaction with no clear basis. The writer should have been bold enough to append his name in the protest to make his allegations worthy of investigation. Indeed, If a young final year law student of UNIBEN as recently reported in the media can write to his Vice Chancellor and boldly state that he is ready to forfeit his degree if the allegations he raised against his lecturers on their misconduct regarding both immorality and academic corrupt practices are found to be false, a protest he supported with documented evidence and swore under oath, why can’t this staff or insider of the FRSC disclose his name and do same? Nigeria has moved on beyond fictitious petition writers. Indeed the use of on line media to make bogus accusations against people in authority without back up facts is akin to gross cowardice. The man Oyeyemi has done so much for road safety in Africa, a simple Google search will substantiate such. Aside his role in championing international collaboration for the FRSC before and under his immediate boss in the FRSC, whom else has done that much for Nigeria? In fact, before Oyeyemi’s appointment as Corps Marshal, he was highly involved in redefining the complexion of road safety in Nigeria. It is on record that he was the WHO contact person at a period the world was incubating the idea of giving road safety in developing countries enhanced attention through the formation of a Global Commission to persuade the United Nations’ involvement . Particularly, then the existence of the FRSC was grossly unknown and even records of the World Bank never reflected that Nigeria had a lead agency on road safety in Nigeria. This is not in any way suggesting that Oyeyemi worked alone because other management staff of the FRSC worked closely with him but he was no doubt the real catalyst and the academic mind for these achievements. With all sense of modesty, Oyeyemi seems to be one of the most knowledgeable experts on road safety both in academics and practice in sub Sahara Africa. As a human being, he certainly has his own imperfections as it is widely assumed that his brilliance and focused professionalism cum limited social interaction may at times be misconstrued for arrogance and pride. This could be true for those that have not grown in human psychology because Oyeyemi could have his valid personal reasons for his attitude, after all our dear President Buhari with all his good qualities on anti corruption fight is well known to have no permanent friend. Indeed, the writer of the petition against Oyeyemi is best considered as under informed of his target’s well meaning contributions on global road safety growth. For emphasis, Oyeyemi is a great scholar on African Continental road safety studies and this is internationally acknowledged. Politics or not, he has made a great mark on road safety in global road safety improvements for the Africa, a highly neglected continent on global road safety discussions. Even if this petitioner’s pettiness or jealousy fuels Oyeyemi’s abrupt sack, I believe that there exist a handful of persons that will adequately protest such a misinformed action, as such the petitioner should channel his energy elsewhere. Indeed, with every humble intention, I think the UN or similar organisations will gladly accept Oyeyemi and in little time with affiliation with a university in a world that is desirous of experts on road safety from the developing communities, he may even emerge a professor given his many published studies. In any case, these are mere conjectures but the fact is that any forced exit of Oyeyemi from the FRSC will be gross loss to the real improvements on road safety in Nigeria as his past and present contributions have combined to witness real road safety growth in the past decade. For proper education, Oyeyemi has been everywhere asking the world to recognise the FRSC and seeking support for road safety growth. Hate or like Oyeyemi, he has done well for road users in Nigeria. The unconstructive antagonism on Oyeyemi as presented by the author of this fabricated protest under reference is certainly the beauty of free speech but in its present complexion of deception, it is just acrimony, bitterness upon rancor with no good premise! Never the less, the FRSC Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi will do well by recognizing that the FRSC has left some staff in a particular position for over six years despite their academic improvements and unfortunately, his tenure has introduced very stringent promotional examinations which seem so difficult to explain. On this, it will be very apt and fair for COMACE Oyeyemi as a past victim of delayed elevation to reverse this FRSC’s age long problem. Otherwise, he will keep receiving unnecessary knocks from his own camp. Staff Welfare, motivation and reward should be cardinal principles of the new professionalized FRSC under Oyeyemi. Indeed, the present Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi may be rated a Continental Champion and good man for road users’ interest in Nigeria but let his efforts include FRSC’s constituency.
    Onyi Nwokolo
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