By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) plans to reduce road traffic crashes by 15 per cent and fatalities by 30 per cent during the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
FRSC spokesman, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, said that a special patrol had been launched in anticipation of the mass movement of people and goods across the country during the end of Ramadan festive season and preparations for Eid-el-Fitri.
Kazeem said that the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, had directed the corps’ operatives (regular and special marshals) to cover all the 45 corridors in the country during the Eid-el-Fitri special patrol.
In a statement, he issued on Wednesday, Kazeem listed the corridors to be covered as the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor, Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos corridor, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano corridor, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo corridor, Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridor, amongst others.
He said that all hands must be on deck to ensure the free flow of traffic, reduction in road crashes, improved enforcement of traffic laws, and improved enlightenment on the proper use of roads in Nigeria as the country approaches the busy celebration.
The FRSC spokesman added that corps must focus on effective traffic control, failure to install/use speed limiting device by commercial vehicles, overloading, lane indiscipline, use of phone while driving, number plate violation, driver’s licence violation, removal of rickety vehicles on the roads and other obstructions, driving with expired/worn out tyres and without a spare tyre.
The corps marshal, according to Kazeem, has also directed that all zebras and roadside clinics must be active 24/7 and be responsive to calls within the minimum FRSC response time to crashes reported.
The operation has been programmed to run in shift as follows 0600hrs-1400hrs, 1400HRS -2000hrs, 2000hrs-2200hrs, and night rescue teams to be on standby at all operational commands.
The corps would go into the exercise with the friendly collaboration with military units en-route or resident, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), state-owned/NGO’s ambulance service providers, National Network on Emergency Rescue Services (NNERS), and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).