Sustained efforts by the Federal Road Safety Corps towards enhanced performance seem to have yielded dividends in the form of award of excellence from corporate organizations in the country.
Recently, the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria presented a corporate award of excellence to the Corps in Lagos under the Public sector category among other recipients including stakeholders in the Security/Defence Sector of Nigeria, such as, the Police, Military, Immigration Service, Customs, Department of State Service (DSS), Civil Defence Corps and Private Security Agencies, as well as Journalists, Bank Executives, Drivers of Telecoms Sector and people from all walks of life, in recognition of its remarkable feat in road crash reduction in the country.
According to the organizers, the Corps’ application of Information Technology and Communication initiatives in road safety administration and traffic management has impacted positively on national growth and traffic conduct on the highways.
The gathering, under the auspices of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), which took place at the Banquet Hall of Sheraton Hotel Ikeja was described by speakers as the first of its kind, as stakeholders converged to profer solutions to Nigeria’s security challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
During the ceremony, some security personnel, businessmen and organisations who have performed exceptionally well in their various fields of endeavours were rewarded with the highly coveted CRAN Award.
Top on the list of honourees was Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) which bagged the Merit Award In Road Safety And Public Relations Of The Year 2020.
According to research by CRAN standing committee on Due Diligence, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operates in all Nigerian states as well as the Federal Capital Territory and is the leading agency on road safety administration and management in Nigeria.
“Making the highways safe for motorists and other road users as well as checking road worthiness of vehicles, recommending works and infrastructures to minimize accidents on the highways and educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of road discipline on highways”
Some of its landmark achivements include: Designing and producing the driver’s license to be used by various categories of vehicle operators. Determining, from time to time, the requirements to be satisfied by an applicant for a driver’s licence. Designing and producing vehicle number plates.
In particular, the Commission is charged with responsibilities as follows: Preventing or minimizing accidents on the highway. Clearing obstructions on any part of the highways. Educating drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on the proper use of the highways.
According to CRAN President Mr. Odita Sunday, making the highway safe for motorists and other road users, recommending works and devices designed to eliminate or minimize accidents on the highways and advising the Federal and State Governments including the Federal Capital Territory Administration and relevant governmental agencies on the localities where such works and devices are required, and
Educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of been discipline on the highway is such a great task that requires lots of professional commitment.
“The standardization of highway traffic codes. Educating drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on the proper use of the highways. Giving prompt attention and care to victims of accidents. Conducting researches into causes of motor accidents and methods of preventing them and putting into use the result of such researches is not an easy task Odita added.
Presenting the award to the representative of the Sector Commander, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) incharge of Zone 2 Command, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, said is a great honour cooperating with bodies or agencies in road safety activities or in prevention of accidents on the highways.
AIG Iliyasu, commended the agencies efforts in determining and enforcing speed limits for all categories of roads and vehicles and controlling the use of speed limiting devices.
He said that security is everybody’s business and congratulated FRSC and CRAN for being security conscious.
The representative of the Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Lagos State, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, Superintendent Route Commander Michael Jideofor Osuagwu, who was awarded with Outstanding performance in traffic and Road Safety, said that among their notable accomplishments is putting an end to the use of sirens, flashers and beacon lights on vehicles other than ambulances and vehicles belonging to the Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Fire Service and other Paramilitary agencies; providing roadside and mobile clinics for the treatment of accident victims free of charge, regulating the use of mobile phones by motorists, regulating the use of seat belts and other safety devices:
The Corps Marshal further reiterated the commitment of the agency to greater investments in information and communication technology, saying that is where the world is going, and FRSC cannot afford to be left behind.
“On behalf of the Corps Commander and the Management of FRSC, I want to appreciate CRAN for the honour given to us” Osuagwu said.
“We will continue to synergize with CRAN. We will continue to do our best, because to whom much is given, much is expected of him.
“The award will spur us to do more by putting more hands on deck in ensuring that we do not fail the general public”
You have challenged us with this award and I can assure you that we will not let you, Osuagwu added.