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.
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.