FRSC deploys 20,000 personnel ahead of Eid-al-Fitr celebration

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Federal Road Safety Commission in Nigeria (FRSC), has deployed  20,000 personnel to ensure sanity on the highways during the  2016 Eid-al-Fitr celebration in Nigeria.

A  statement issued  by  the FRSC  Head of  Media Relations and Strategy,  Mr Bisi Kazeem,  stated that  six hundred  patrol vehicles, fifteen  tow trucks,  fifty  ambulances, eighty five  motor bikes were deployed for the celebration.

Mr Kazeem, said that the massive deployment of personnel along designated routes, was part of measures to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways in line with the Commission’s 2016 Strategic Goals of  improving road safety in Nigeria.

 “This year’s nationwide exercise which is a partial fulfilment of the corps 2016 strategic goals of reducing road crashes by 15 per cent and fatality by 25 per cent, has become necessary to ensure safer road use, especially during the festive periods”, he stated

The Head of Media and Strategy noted  that the  twenty four  emergency ambulance response centres located at designated routes across the country would be operational during the   Eid-al-Fitr celebration.

“The special patrol also entails intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the nation,” the statement read in part.

The 2016  Eid-al-Fitr nationwide  patrol  would  commence  on the 3rd  to 7th,July  2016.

Traffic Rules

The Federal Road Safety Corps in Nigeria FRSC, has also called on motorists to ensure strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations, in order to prevent  road traffic accidents during the 2016   Eid-el- Fitri celebration.

The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this while briefing journalists on the Corps Preparation for the 2016 Eid-el- Fitri celebration  in Nigeria.

Mr Oyeyemi   reiterated the commitment of FRSC to ensuring free flow of traffic and sanity on the nation’s highways during the celebration.

“As you travel during this Sallah celebration, remember that only the living celebrates. Remember that road traffic crashes don’t just happen; they are caused and can be prevented. Therefore guide against them and live to celebrate,” he explained.

He pointed out that while the Corps’ personnel as well as Special Marshals had been mobilised for the special assignment, all its offices, roadside clinics and zebra points would remain open during the celebration to attend to distress calls and emergencies.

“ The Corps has concluded plans for massive deployment of its personnel comprising regular and Special Marshals, patrol vehicles, Ambulances, motor bikes and 10 tow trucks along designated routes and Eid  praying grounds as part of measures to ensure free flow of traffic and sanity on the nation’s highways during the celebration”, he noted.

The Corps Marshal however advised passengers to monitor their drivers in order to avoid reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading and other road offences.

Nnenna.O