The Gombe Sector Command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps has added 103 Special Marshals into its fold to complement its roles in reducing road crashes in the State.
The Gombe Sector Commander of the Road Safety Corps in Gombe State, Mr. Ibrahim Sarki Abubakar, called on the newly inducted Special Marshals to uphold the virtues of discipline and respect.
According to Mallam Abubakar, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Patrick D Davou, the Command fully appreciated the complimentary role of the Special Marshals in checking and controlling traffic, which would in turn reduce road crashes.
He said that this became necessary because the Gombe Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps could not effectively cover everywhere in the State.
The Special Marshals were charged to live by example in compliance with road traffic rules and regulations, while calling on them to be ready to come out for patrols whenever and wherever they would be called upon to offer the sacrificial and humanitarian services.
While delivering a lecture titled “developing effective patrol strategy as a panacea for road traffic crashes reduction”, Mr. Davou stated that the Federal Road Safety Corps was constrained by manpower, as such, the mandatory positioning of their men in every fifty metres on a road, could not be achieved, hence the need for the complementary efforts of the Special Marshals.
The Gombe State Coordinator RS3.2 Special Marshals Gombe, Mrs. Rona Tula, said through the voluntary service of the Special Marshals, they had been able to put their lives, time and resources on the line to save lives and properties on the highway.
“The training will highlight and acquaint us with the conduct and code of traffic regulations and operations to stay safe while on patrol including other techniques,” she said.
Mrs. Tula said that with the 103 Special Marshals who would be joining the 185 already on ground, there would still need for more volunteers to complement effective patrol by the Federal Road Safety Corps in Gombe State.