…Says It Could Create Negate Image for Nigeria
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has scored low road safety standard of the Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja. He made the observation during a consultative meeting between the Corps and the FCT management held at the conference hall of the Ministry of the FCT last week.
During the meeting, Oyeyemi identified some traffic challenges affecting free movement of traffic in the FCT, saying poor illumination of some of the roads within the FCT, for instance, compromises safety and security and could create negative image for the country, especially for visitors entering the city centre in the night from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Briefing the FCT’s permanent secretary, Dr Babatope Ajakaiye, on the existing cordial relationship between the FRSC and FCT, observed “cases of malfunctioning traffic lights at some junctions within the FCT, coupled with non- synchronization of the lights to reflect traffic directions, thus encouraging rampart cases of disobedience to traffic lights some of which result into avoidable crashes.”
While stressing the need for the FRSC and the FCT to continue to work together for prompt removal of wrecks from the roads in the FCT, the Corps Marshal also gave an indication that the the FCT lacks a secure location, where impounded vehicles could be kept for custody pending when they would be claimed by their owners.
“The FCTA has to work out a system whereby a properly fenced location with adequate illumination, security and accessibility could be secured for keeping impounded vehicles pending when their owners would come to claim them,” he stated.
Oyeyemi, who stressed the need for the FCT to construct pedestrian ways to give adequate protection to pedestrians, who use the road against motorists, gave assurance of the Corps commitment to partnering with the FCT Administration in finding lasting solutions to the problems, as well as reflecting some of these development challenges in FRSC’s monthly reports, which it shares with the FCTA in the collective determination to make the city a pride for all Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary thanked the Corps Marshal for the visit, saying it is a welcome development that would be encouraged by the Minister of FCT, whom he said is passionate about creating orderliness in the city. He expressed confidence that the Minister will be around next time the Corps Marshal visits and noted that with regular consultations by relevant stakeholders like the FRSC some of the challenges facing the FCT could be addressed.
Dr Ajakaiye particularly commended the FRSC for its contributions to the development of the FCT, especially in the area of traffic management and administration, noting that the FCT administration will render the necessary support that could strengthen the existing collaboration between the FRSC and the FCT. The Permanent Secretary further pointed out that in the determination to make the collaboration with the Corps work better, the FCT Administration will avoid bureaucracy and rely more on use of technology in line with the change mantra of the present administration in the country.
The Corps Marshal was accompanied on the visit by some principal Officers of the FRSC including the Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Motor Vehicle Administration, Theophilus Charles and the Special Assistant to the Corps marshal, Assistant Corps Marshal Julius Asom among others. Also in attendance at the meeting were some Directors from the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory.