[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n continuation of the recently concluded Stakeholders’ forum on and the free vehicle tyre safety check that is ongoing nationwide, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, has ordered a 6 day monitoring and surveillance of vehicles tyres.
As contained in a statement released by the Corps last week, the exercise, which is being led by nine of its topmost Management Staff and all Zonal Commanding Officers, is meant to sustain the free vehicle safety checks in field commands.
According to the Head Media Relations and Strategy, Bisi Kazeem, the exercise which kicked off today (Monday 23rd May 2016), was borne out of the Corps Marshal’s wish to stem the tide of road traffic crashes caused by substandard and expired tyres.
Kazeem gave the list of the FRSC top management staff involved as: Deputy Corps Marshal Adei Abu (Operations) who is billed to cover Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Katsina; Deputy Corps Marshal Chidi Nwanchukwu (Admin and Human Resource) who is to take charge of Edo, Delta, Anambra and Ondo; Deputy Corps Marshal Ojeme Ewhrujakpor (Technical Service and Special Duties). who is to cover Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia and Cross River; Deputy Corps Marshal Theophillus Charles (Motor Vehicle Administration) to cover Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Kwara; Deputy Corps Marshal Ahmad Kogari Hassan (Special Marshal and Partnership) to cover Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Nasarawa; and Deputy Corps Marshal Demola Lawal (Training Standard and Certification)who is placed in charge of Plateau, Bauchi, Borno, and Yobe.
Others are: Assistant Corps Marshal Dr. Kayode Olagunju (Policy Research and Statistics), to oversee FCT, Kogi, Niger, and Ekiti; Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode Fanola (Corps Secretary) to cover Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi, and Benue; and Assistant Corps Marshal Godwin Ogagaogeneh (Personnel) to cover Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara.
Kazeem further added that the Management Staff deployed to field commands are expected to participate in direct supervision of the free safety check exercise, ensure interactive session with Vulcanisers’ Associations, perform free safety check on all major routes in the Commands, address tyre dealers, and as well teach other staff on what information to look out for in tyres, and organize motor park rallies.
In view of the foregoing, Kazeem stated that Zonal Commanding Officers are expected to give wide publicity to the exercise, liaise with relevant stakeholders within their jurisdiction, ensure all component commands under their purview organize massive Special Patrol for free vehicle safety checks during the period.
According to him, the ongoing FRSC campaign became necessary as a result of most recent road crashes attributable to tyre blowout.