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The Federal Government has urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to redouble its efforts in checkmating the road crashes nationwide by ensuring that motorists adhered to rules and regulations.
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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, stated this while declaring open a four-day training programme for 201 Unit Commanders of FRSC at it Academy in Udi near Enugu, Monday.
The theme of the training which is; “Enhancing Organisational Productivity’’ the SGF said theme wouldn’t have come at a better time than now the task of safeguarding road users is proving had and need constant training.
Represented by the Senior Special Adviser on Policy Development and Analysis, Mr. Ibrahim Hassan, the SGF said globally, the task of creating safer monitoring environment is quite herculean and often fraught with daunting challenges, and this is even more so in Nigeria situation with its known peculiarities.
According to him, “in rising up to the challenges, the modern techniques and approaches are desired and this cannot accrue magically except with painstaking engineering which can only be accomplished through capacity development of personnel.
“I have no doubt in my mind that with the high premium FRSC have been placing on staff training and capacity development, the corps cannot disappoint the nation,’’ he said.
Lawal noted that 60 officers of the FRSC in the same commander bracket attended a similar course at California, United State of America.
Speaking at the occasion, the FRSC Corp Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said that the capacity development programme is being undertaking in collaboration with University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
“This programme is strategically targeted at unit commanders who are the representing authority of the corps marshal as devolved through the other tiers are indeed the critical agent of change.
“The training will provide an interactive forum for the commanders to share, explore and discuss concepts and issues relating to better road safety administration in Nigeria”, he said.
A participant, Mr. Kehinde Hamzat, who is FRSC Unit Commander for Ojota Command in Lagos, lauded the management of FRSC for organizing the training.
Hamzat noted that bulk of the road work of the agency was done at the unit command level; adding: “That is why it is expected that our activities are reviewed yearly’’.
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