The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has shifted its operational focus from intra-city roads to federal highways.
The Chief Executive of the corps, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said this in Kaduna when he visited the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and discussed the decision of the state government to ban FRSC officials from its roads.
Oyeyemi, who did not express objection to the ban, said the FRSC had a policy shift to focus on federal highways and allow states to set up traffic management agencies to which it would transfer responsibility of traffic control of the state and urban roads so that the FRSC could focus on the federal highways.
“I learnt that your state traffic agency started operation in January. They would need proper training so that we can be on the same page and work to remove recalcitrant drivers from the roads and save more lives. We will do more regulatory work while concentrating on federal highways,” he said.
Governor El-Rufai on his part said his government did not ban the FRSC from the state but that the state Security Council merely asked the officials to focus on the highways.
“We value the addition to the safety environment that FRSC brings to the table in our state. We did not ban road safety staffs or activities in Kaduna State. We have no such powers. The relationship between FRSC and our traffic agency should be complementary and not duplicated efforts,” he said, adding that the decision to limit the sphere of the FRSC led from complaints about checkpoints that were causing accidents. He said if the FRSC had been embarrassed, “it is my duty to apologize.”