[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Federal Road Safety Commission plans to commerce full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device in April 2016.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, announcement the plan last Thursday at a Stakeholders meeting on Presidential Directive on the Enforcement of Speed Limiting Device in Abuja.
He said the essence of the meeting was to convey presidential directive on the enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device.
“ You will recall that we agreed to seek Presidential approval on the date of full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device,” he pointed out.“ On assumption of duty of President Muhammadu Buhari, we sent a report and we briefed him on the level of progress on the enforcement of speed limiting device.
“ I told Mr President that Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) requested for extension which I said it was beyond.
“ In response to that we got a Presidential directive two weeks ago that the enforcement should commence on the 1st April, 2016, “ Oyeyemi said.
He said that there was no more room for request for any form of extension, “ hence, this meeting is to convey presidential directive.
“This is the last extension, I can’t go back to Mr President again, you can go on your own but I will not follow you, because I must obey presidential directive.”
Oyeyemi recalled that the full enforcement for the installation of speed limiting device ought to have started from the June 1, which was later shifted September.
According to him, President Buhari has directed the FRSC to work with the stakeholders to commerce full enforcement in 2016.
The corps marshal thanked the stakeholders for their support to the policies and programmes of the FRSC in the country.
The FRSC boss said that the commission would continue to raise the level of public awareness on the implementation of the presidential directive from November to December.
He added that FRSC, with the support of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), had carried out a successful campaign rally in Kano.
“ We are going to have targeted rallies to be hosted by our key stakeholders from NARTO, NURTW and the rest, “ he said.
He said so far there are 16 vendors which were certified by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and FRSC.
Responding, the National Chairman of NARTO, Alhaji Kasim Bataiya, commended President Buhari and management of the FRSC for their efforts toward ensuring safety of lives and properties in the country.
Bataiyi assured of the determination of the leadership and members of the association to support full enforcement of the speed limiting device in the country.