By: FRANK BOYEDE
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has announced plans to start acquiring lands for its staff so that they can build and own their own homes.
The Corps marshal of the Commission, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, revealed this in Sokoto last week, while addressing staff of the Sokoto state Sector Command during his advocacy visit to the state.
According to him, as part of his “one staff, one staff housing scheme,” the Post Service Scheme (PSS) is being strengthened, while collaboration is on with the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMB) to build houses for staff, some of which are in various stages of completion in parts of the country.
“However,” he pointed out, “henceforth, emphasis would be on acquisition of land for staff to build their own houses.”
Oyeyemi also assured staff that his Management will invest more in capacity building in staff as a deliberate effort to sustain the modernization process of the Corps.
He recalled that in the past one year alone, several staff capacity building programmes have been organized for members of the Management, Commanding Officers and staff at various levels to prepare them well for the tasks ahead. He noted that in line with the policy, there is an ongoing collaboration with the World Bank to train 10 officers of patrol ranks annually at the California Highway Patrol Academy, Sacramento USA, while many Management staff have equally benefitted from the programme, including the one organized for middle class officers at the FRSC Academy Udi.
He admonished staff to reciprocate the gestures of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the passion shown it has shown in empowering the FRSC, saying the recent launch of 283 patrol vehicles for the Corps showed the President’s interest in the safety of lives of the people.
The Corps marshal particularly called on staff to work harder to render quality services to road users, warning, however against unhealthy practices that could undermine their health.
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