The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has okayed the proposed Volunteer Road Marshals (VRM) initiative of the Committee of Youth on Mobilization and Sensitization (CYMS) targeted at engaging the Nigerian youths to reduce unemployment and to assist the FRSC at the rural areas.
The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi said while welcoming the CYMS delegation that, the initiative was quite imperative as its going to assist the FRSC in the area of sensitization and help boost the Commission’s service delivery through youth inclusion, which would invariably reduce road incidents.
Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Deputy Corps Marshal, Special Duties and External Relations (SDER), Mr Hyginus Fuomsuk, added that the youths are the building blocks of the country.
According to him, whether we like it or not, the future belongs to the youths. Any interest you are showing in road safety is for your own benefit, others and the future generations to come.
The Corp Marshal commended CYMS activities especially in areas of evaluating, monitoring and promoting the policies and programmes of the Federal government. He also expressed his readiness to work with the youth to fast tract quality service delivery of the commission.
The Director General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka during the courtesy visit to FRSC headquarters on Thursday in Abuja said that CYMS as evaluation and monitoring arm with structures across the 37 states of the Federation including FCT, would like to work with the Commission through youth engagement as volunteers.
According to him, this is imperative as a result of feedback and issues raised as a result of low personnel to mount the roads and streets, especially during the festive season or ‘EMBER’ months.
“This scheme shall help to build or generate a unified database of Volunteer Road Marshals (VRM) through CYMS structures and networking with partners.
“Report shows that people within the age bracket of 18-45 falls in the category of those perpetuating unethical acts in line with the Commissions guidelines such as one way driving, as well as lack of driving license, drunk while driving, intake of hard drugs, smoking and even doing drugs while driving.
“The sensitisation from an independent point of view shall help to instil discipline on them and the need to obey, support and respect the road safety rules and guidelines from a point of understanding.
“This programme shall help to assist in the engagement of Nigerians on the Commission’s acts and to further support through our overall evaluation and report to the appropriate quarters,” he said.
The delegation includes Hajia Aisha Baiyee, Otobong Gabriel and Frederick Omenge.