The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has given stern warning to staff to stay clear of partisan political activities, saying the Corps has no political party, but plays non partisan roles in maintaining peaceful environment during elections.
He gave the warning in Oshogbo, Osun state while addressing staff of Osun state sector command on their expected roles in the Saturday governorship election being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Oyeyemi stressed that as a non political organization established to ensure safer road environment in the country, FRSC staff should remain apolitical in the conduct of their duties, saying Management will not condone a situation whereby serving staff of the Corps would be caught showing sympathy to a particular political party either by canvassing votes or using social media to show preference to their programmes. He stressed that such acts would attract sanctions.
The Corps Marshal particularly warned staff that would be participating in the security duties toward the Saturday election in the state to see the opportunity as a platform to further promote the image of the FRSC as a highly disciplined organization capable of supporting government for the attainment of its socioeconomic ends through effective traffic management and other security related roles that could be given to them during the exercise. He promised to deploy more staff and patrol vehicles to the state in support of the logistics for the Saturday election, saying FRSC’s role was to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police which is the lead agency in the security matters of the election to which every other security agencies should subordinate themselves for the success of the exercise.
He restated that Ibadan-Ilesa road would not be closed to traffic during the election, but efforts must be made to ensure that the road was fully covered to avoid mishaps during and after the election. Oyeyemi specially assured staff that would participate in the election duties that their entitlements would be paid fully, but warned them against side talk and indecorous activities that could bring the image of the FRSC to disrepute. “Be fully comported and extremely careful,” he warns.
On the ongoing promotion exercise in the Corps, the Corps Marshal assured that everything is being done to ensure that the integrity of the process is protected and the entire exercise is completed by the third week of October.
While urging staff to prepare well for the ember months and end of year special patrols, he expressed optimism that the federal government would release additional 120 patrol vehicles to the Corps before December to boost the operations.
He restated the stand of the Management on indiscipline and corrupt practices, stating that the signing of the new Regulations on the Maintenance of Discipline by the Board Chairman, Mallam Bukhari Bello last week was to harmonise all issues relating to acts of indiscipline and reward system in the Corps, saying every staff must brace up to the new realities to avoid falling victims of the disciplinary codes. Oyeyemi also enjoined staff to take their health serious by engaging in regular physical fitness exercise and do medical checkups on themselves, noting that while the Corps would not abandon any medically challenged staff to regain their good health, those that are no more physically fit to continue with the job should not hide their conditions.
He further warned staff against drugs and alcoholic drinks capable of undermining their health. On the FRSC recruitment exercise, the Corps Marshal assured that due diligence is being observed to provide level playing ground for all candidates. He warned staff against making promise to any candidate on the employment, stressing that anyone caught in any scandalous conduct would not be spared the wrath of the FRSC disciplinary codes.
The FRSC Boss reiterated the commitment of the Management to rewarding hard work and punishing indolence, corruption and indiscipline, enjoining staff nationwide to recommit themselves to the tasks of providing safer road environment for all road users.
The Corps Marshal who was in Oshogbo to sensitise staff on their expected roles in the Saturday governorship election in Osun state later joined the Election Stakeholders Meeting on the election addressed by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris and other security agencies in attendance.