The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), is considering giving support for operatives of the Corps to bear arms so as to curtail the excesses of road users in the country.
Chairman of the Committee, Mr Akinfolarin Mayowa, said this during the corps’ 2020 budget performance and 2021 budget defence.
The session held on Thursday, November 5, in Abuja.
He said that the 1992 Act of FRSC allowed the corps to bear arms, adding, however; that this had yet to be implemented.
The Chairman, said it was necessary that the laws of the land were obeyed; even as he stated that the corps will function effectively by bearing arms.
According to him, eradicating accidents on the nation’s highways should be the collective responsibility of all Nigerians; noting that no stone should be left unturned to achieve this.
The lawmaker said that the Committee would meet with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and would write to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the implementation of the Act.
A member of the committee, Mr Solomon Maren, while supporting the move said that the Committee would take up the matter with the Inspector-General of Police.
He added that the country’s law should be obeyed, stressing that there were more risks on the roads; hence the FRSC should be allowed to bear arms to save road users.
The FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said that members of the corps were now faced with more deviant road users; some of whom, he said, had threatened to deal with them on the road.
He solicited help from the committee to curtail the excesses of road users by ensuring that FRSC personnel were allowed to bear arms.
Oyeyemi said that the corps now had 280 formations across the country and it had established its presence in virtually all the local government areas across the country.
The corps marshal said that the only place left was the riverine areas of Akwa Ibom, Ondo states and others.
He also said that in 2020, only 50 per cent of the budget was released, stressing that this could not allow the corps to embark on some capital projects.
Oyeyemi said that N1.459 billion was remitted to the consolidated account by the corps in the outgoing year.
He urged the Federal Government to direct the local government to relocate markets on highways in order to stop incessant deaths.