Sunday 23rd July, 2017
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FRSC has shifted focus to federal highways - Oyeyemi

FRSC has shifted focus to federal highways - Oyeyemi

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.”

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