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When in 1988, the Federal Government of Nigeria established the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to curb the menace of road crashes in the country, with Professor Wole Soyinka as the first Chairman of the government established institution, the present day Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi MFR, mni, NPoM, was a pioneer member of the group who blazed the trail to set up what
is today known as the Lead Agency on road safety in the whole of Africa.

Apparently a believer in success who goes the stretch to achieve it, the Corps Marshal has no specific closing time, and works from the house when he should be sleeping or relaxing. In this way, many have perceived him a workaholic, but in his words, “failure is an orphan that nobody wants to associate with”.

The trajectory of his career as a road safety pioneer member from the day of the Agency’s conception till this present date are the very factors that have shaped him as an all-rounder in road safety management and administration with a firm and fair handling of goal-oriented affairs as the Corps Marshal of the FRSC today.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi began his career from the rank of a Superintendent Route Commander (SRC), and has over the course of 26 years, exactly on Wednesday the 23rd of July 2014, risen to the position of the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive (COMACE), a position that was later changed to the “Corps Marshal”.

He has since proven to be a leader who leads by example, and with all the qualities of leadership. His leadership cuts across tribes, religion and cultural boundaries, and he does not discriminate between Muslims and Christians.

With no other pioneer member in the frame, some either retired or called to Glory by God Almighty, he is fondly referred to as the “Last Man Standing” by members of the Corps, a moniker he is not averse about.

Humility always coming to the fore, when asked about his meteoric rise to the position of the Corps Marshal in a system that, until his regime, has never appointed the Head of the agency from the inside, he constantly attributes his rise to the exalted position as Almighty God’s making.

EARLY LIFE OF CORPS MARSHAL BOBOYE OYEYEMI

In less than a month after Nigeria gained her independence from the hands of her colonial master, the Great Britain, a rare gem in the person of the Corps Marshal Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, to the family of Reverend Michael Babalola Oyeyemi, indigene of Odo Owa, Oke Ero Local Government Area Council of Kwara State.

The Corps Marshal started his primary school at First Baptist Primary School, Ibadan, Oyo State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC).

With the best of grades, young Boboye Oyeyemi proceeded to Christ High School Ibadan, Oyo State, where he obtained his West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as one of the most distinguished performers at that level.

In no time, after he had performed excellently at the Senior Secondary School level, he gained admission into The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo state, where he studied Electrical Engineering and obtained his National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma.

Apparently unknown to him that he was ever going to become an administrator of the road transport sector as a road safety personnel, the universe sort of propelled and prepared him in line with what became his future endeavours when he proceeded to the University of Lagos, Lagos State, for his Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Transport Management and obtained his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the same University.

The craving for knowledge in the transportation sector did not end at the Masters Level; he proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) in Enugu State to obtain his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Transport Administration.

OTHER INSTITUTIONS

With the hunger for knowledge proving unquenchable, he attended the following Institutions: Harvard University School of Government, Royal Institute for Public Administration (RIPA), London, the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at Kuru, Plateau State, Nigeria, Police Training Division, Suffern, New York for the Glock Armorer’s and Firearms Safety Course, Region VI Police Driving School, Wilshire County, Devices, England; Sleep Research Laboratory, Loughborough University, UK, Glock, John R Wald Inc; NY, USA, Shot gun Instructors Course, NY, USA and John R Wald Inc, USA (Number Plates Admin).
THE MAKING OF THE MARSHAL LEGEND

The Corps Marshal’s experience on the job as a road safety traffic management administrator in Nigeria cuts across different departments as a Field Operative and at the National Headquarters level.
Before he became the Corps Marshal in 2014, he had hitherto served in the following capacity: Officer in Charge of Communication; Corps Marshal Office; Area Commander (Plant and Production) National Uniform Licencing Scheme (NULS); Deputy Director, Operations; Acting Director Operations; Director Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); HOD Policy Research and Statistics (PRS); HOD Training Standards and Certification (TSC); HOD Operations, HOD Motor Vehicle and Administration; Corps Marshal.

It is instructive to note at this point that before he became the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has served as the Head of all departments in the Corps except the Administration and Human Resource department (AHR).

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS

It is when a man rests on his laurels and does not fellowship with his kind that his problem solving ability diminishes. The Corps Marshal Oyeyemi, being a man who favours self development to foster the overall growth of the Corps is a member of different professional bodies, and they include but not limited to Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR); Member National Institute (mni); Recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPoM); American Medal of Honour, American Biographical Institute, USA; Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) where he has risen to the position of a Fellow; Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration (FCAI) Abuja; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), London; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (FCIPM); and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Administration (FCIA).

Others are Member, Institute of Management Consultants (MIMC), Lagos; Member, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (MIIRSM), London; Member, American Society of Safety Engineers (MASSE), USA; Member, Institute of Road Safety Officers (MIRSO), London; Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police (MIACP), USA; Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (MIEEE), USA; Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (MITE), USA; Member Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), London; Member International Road Federation (MIRF); Member Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA); Member, World Road Association and Member National Association of Road Professionals.

His membership in the foregoing professional bodies is one that has broadened his knowledge and scope of administration in the Federal Road Safety Corps, and has made him an astute achiever who redeems departments that are lagging behind to an envious one.
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FRSC UNDER THE CORPS MARSHAL’S ADMINISTRATION

The Corps under the administration of the present Corps Marshal have earned notable achievements and recognitions, they are: Winner, best MDA in Nation Building: NITDA-NIHILENT e-Governance, 2015; Award for excellence in Humanitarian Service in Nigeria, 2015; Award to exceptional commitment to Road Safety in the 2014 Premier Africa Road Safety Award; Winner, best use of Technology Government Agency organized by Technology Avenue in 2015; Service Delivery Award as one of the Outstanding Public Institutions in Nigeria by Independent Service Delivery monitoring Group (ISDMG), 2014-2015.

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CORPS MARSHAL

Upon his assumption of office as Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi alongside his team of management designed and implemented programmes of action to advance the growth of the Corps in all ramifications, with the aim of trending down road crashes and fatality rate.

The following are not limited to the achievements recorded from 2014 to date: the Corps under his leadership has continually trended down road crashes and fatality rates on yearly bases; the signage plant for road furniture was established within the space of 2014 till date, under his leadership; the Corps set up an initiative to curb the rate of road crashes occasioned by articulated vehicles in a programme titled, “Safe to Load”; more Drivers Licence Centres were established under the leadership of the Corps Marshal; the Corps established more outposts and ambulance points under his leadership; the Corps established a National Road Safety Advisory Council (NaRSAC) which is directly under the Office of the Vice President with a Secretariat at the FRSC National Headquarters.
The Federal Road Safety Corps partnered other West African Countries to replicate the Corps’

experience in the sub-region and to establish a road safety agency in those places, an instance is that of Sierra Leone Government who sent representatives to understudy the Corps and request that the Corps send its operatives to help their government grow a road safety agency; the Corps strengthened inter-agency cooperation which occasioned data sharing between National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), and Banks in Nigeria; the Corps was declared by World Bank as the best example of a lead agency on road safety in Africa; Registration of fleet operators under the Road Transport Safety Standardization Scheme (RTSSS), which regulates the operations of all fleet operators having minimum of five vehicles; a total of 6,791 operators were expected and 4,456 certified as at 2016; the Corps reviewed the Driving School Standardization Programme where unique codes are generated for applicants in Driving Schools, with the Corps on the know every step of the way, thereby eliminating sharp practices among driving school operators.

Training of Federal Government drivers across MDAs as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR in 2016; Upgrade of the FRSC Academy to a degree awarding institution so the Corps can continually sustain its vibrancy and leadership in Africa and beyond; Commenced the process to establish FRSC Traffic Radio as a means of better outreach to the public on road safety; the Corps reduced response time of FRSC personnel to crash scenes from 40 minutes to 15 minutes, and has since sustained the tempo of performance in this regard; under his leadership as the Corps Marshal, the Corps flagged off Child Restraint campaign; under the leadership of the Corps Marshal the Corps officially flagged off Tyre Campaign to stem the influx of fake and expired tyres into the Country and to sensitize the Nation on how to identify fake tyres; under his leadership as Corps Marshal, the Corps, together with Standards Organization of Nigeria, implemented the use of Speed Limiting Device, with a massive sensitization campaign on the initiative underway before the full implementation.
The Corps organized a recertification programme for tanker/trailer drivers nationwide occasioned by constant crashes; training of tyre mechanics (vulcanizers) on the right amount of inflation for tyres. The training was aimed at eliminating; the Corps unveiled project 20,000 staff Housing Scheme planned for Staff of the Corps across the country to own a house; the Corps inaugurated a board of FRSC Post-Service Scheme (PSS) to help members of the Corps save for retirement even before the retirement benefit/pension arrives; the Corps experienced high International recognition of Nigerian Drivers Licence and reciprocity with several European Nations and the United States of America

THE PERSON OF THE MARSHAL LEGEND

Like every other human walking the surface of the earth, there are many sides to them, and in most cases, the ones who find themselves in positions of authority are often judged by their character.
In this wise, there’s no gainsaying that the Corps Marshal being the head of the Corps has his many sides which has formed the opinion of many members of the Corps and even members of the public, as well as stakeholders. Below are a few personality traits of the Corps Marshal and perceptions held by many:

It is very easy for everyone to see the steadfastness of the Corps Marshal and his commitment to the course of road safety in Nigeria; the Corps Marshal has proven beyond reasonable doubt to be a very religious man possessed by the fear of God, and has a forgiving spirit; he is a people manager with a stick and carrot approach to management, and this is very much inherent in his Consultation, Punishment and Reward initiative. In this manner, he rewards hard work and has punitive measures in place to curb misdemeanours.

He is dogged and resolute in action, especially when he believes in the course of action that is aimed at positive advancement. This was reflected in many initiatives the Corps has introduced which Nigerians were critical about. The Speed Limiting Device initiative is one of such programmes Nigerians were critical about.

The Corps Marshal often pass as a perfectionist for many especially with the fact that you must be well above board to satisfy him. The fact however is, he abhors laziness and corrupt tendencies. He is apparently detribalized as he does not favour one ethnicity over another. This is evident in the composition of his personal staff, from his ADC to Personal Assistant, to his tea girls.

Many see the Corps Marshal as the Last Man standing, considering that among his peers who joined the Corps at the same time as him, he is the only one still remaining in service.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan at one time acknowledged that the Corps Marshal towered above his peers, hence the reason he was appointed to the office.

Under Dr. Olu Agunloye, a former Corps Marshal, the present Corps Marshal has earned accelerated promotion for his exemplary performance.

He never relents, his achievement is enough evidence that he never does. And in the same manner he has surrounded himself with Officers and Men with visions. He is very much aware that to achieve greatness, one needs only those who key into the same visions. These sets of people he sees as believers.

CC BISI KAZEEM fsi
CORPS COMMANDER
CORPS PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFICER

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Austine Okeke More blessings
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Njideka Bnn The man with the baritone voice. It shall be well with you
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Olayide Okuonghae More grease to his elbow. The sky is his starting point
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Ganiyu Oloyede Hardworking man. I knew during his days as Sector commander in Ilorin Kwara state. Greater heights.
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Johnson Akintokun Ope ni fu Baba nd d Corps.
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Dat Rat Congratulations sir!
More power to your elbows as you lead FRSC to greater heights.
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This was the "ultra modern" floating toilet built by Bayelsa State House of Assembly member Kate Owoko built for her community.

She was so thrilled and excited with her "achievement" that she invited the press for the commissioning.

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Three policemen attached to Area ‘N’ Command Ijede-Ikorodu under the Lagos State Command have been dismissed from the service for carrying out illegal arrests and extortion. The affected police officers are (i) AP.No 136005 Inspr. Okelue Nkemeonye, (ii) F/No. 355897 Sgt. Braimoh Sunday and (iii) F/No. 359928 Sgt. Yusuf Olukoga, all pictured above.

Their dismissal followed an Orderly Room trial at the Zone Two Command Headquarters, Onikan-Yaba, Lagos in which the men were found guilty by the Adjudicating officer on two charges of offence against discipline as provided for in paragraphs C (ii) Corrupt Practices and E (iii) Discreditable Conduct of the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

According to a statement by the police, On the 21st June, 2017 the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint via WhatsApp number 0805 700 0003 which states thus:

“My name is (withheld), I went to the bank this morning to deposit money to a Company’s account (name withheld) but there was no network so i deposited the money into my personal account to do the transfer to the account later.

When I came out of the bank, a car packed full of some SARS policemen wearing black cloth with anti-robbery squad written at the back. I was told to enter the vehicle with a gun pointed at me.

They collected my mobile phone and asked me what I do for a living. I told them that I had just finish my youth service and I am leaving with my brother and I pointed my brother shop for them to stop by and see him because he was the one that sent me to the bank. They refused to wait and they did not allow me to pick my calls and call out.

 I received an alert on my phone with the money I went to deposit they search my phone on seeing the alert, they started roping that am a yahoo boy telling me that I would pay them 1Million, one of them slapped me, they drove us around places in Ikorodu, ijede, gberigbe, ibeshe, igbe, ikpakodo, itaelewa, agric and first gate harassing people, moving them in the car and collecting huge amount from them.

They collected N50, 000.00 from me but I notice that each junctions that we reached people were hailing there leader by his nickname (OJ. Ojewunmi). And one by name Austin slapped me. They picked me up around 9am and dropped me 6pm in the evening after collecting money from me.

They even use my account to collect money from the guys that I met in the car and used my ATM to withdraw from them”

Upon the receipt of the complaint, a case with Tracking Number #PCRRU637624 was registered and acknowledgment of complaint sent to the complainant. PCRRU Investigation team was dispatched to Ikorodu where all the three dismissed policemen including AP No. 98199 ASP Bayo Obadia who led the team were apprehended. PCRRU preliminary investigation reveals that all the allegations contained in the WhatsApp message actually happened.

 Also the four police officers who were armed on the day of the incident falsely paraded themselves as operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) despite not being posted to SARS by police authorities. Investigation also shows that the officers extorted a total sum of N200,000 from the young men who they tagged “Yahoo Yahoo Boys”, the money was forced from them via N90,000 ATM withdrawal and N110,000 mobile bank money transfer to a third party account provided by the policemen. All the extorted N200,000 was recovered by the PCRRU Investigators.

All the arrested officers, witnesses and recovered exhibits including the N200,000 cash and printed bank statement of account were handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos for further detailed investigation and necessary disciplinary measures.

 The approval of the punishment of dismissal from service as recommended by the Adjudicating officer is part of the outcome of the disciplinary measures. In the case of ASP Bayo Obadiah who led the team of the infamous men on this unacceptable conduct, an Official Query was issued to him by the AIG Zone 2 Lagos, both his reply and Query has been forwarded to the office of the Force Secretary, Force Headquarters, Abuja from where it would proceed to the Police Service Commission as required by Police Regulations.

The statement adds that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni has commended the complainant for coming forward to report the incident to PCRRU. The IGP has also said that all allegations of professional misconduct reported against any police officer would be treated in line with relevant laws and in keeping to the “Change Begins With Me Champaign” of the Federal Government.
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Last Saturday, July 22nd the Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd, Chief Dr Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma OFR gave out a brand new Innoson IVM G5 to Mr Ikechukwu Osakwe popularly known as Osabros who prophesied to him in 1979 that he would be the first man in Africa to manufacture vehicles and sell to different African countries. 

The prophecy was given at the period the then Innocent Chukwuma could not boast of a car, talk less of manufacturing one. According to Dr Chukwuma during the presentation of the car, he recalled on how Mr Ikechukwu Osakwe all the way from Kano blocked him at the front of his house early in the morning and told him he has a message for him.

Mr Osakwe went on to narrate a dream he had about him, how he saw in the said dream his vehicle manufacturing company known as CAP PLC. "He told me that CAP means Chukwuma Automobile Productions. Immediately he said that I laughed him to scorn and left him immediately.

After some years when I established the first motorcycle assembly plant, he came back again to remind me of that dream again and told me that I will still manufacture vehicles. Of a truth it was after I had established my vehicle manufacturing plant that I realized that his prophecy was real.

This week I signed an MOU with TAXI PLUS all the way from MALI to supply about 400 vehicles to Mali and I then recalled that Mr Ikechukwu Osakwe prophesied as far back as 1979 that I will be the first indigenous vehicle manufacturing company to sell cars to other African countries. I shed tears of joy and said this can only be the hand of God.

That is why I have invited him to let him know that his prophecy has been fulfilled. I have decided to give him a Brand new IVM G5 SUV and pay him a monthly salary for life. I want to encourage him to keep serving His God".

The presentation of the vehicle was witnessed by the members of Osakwe's family, friends and relatives. The presentation was done by Chief Gabriel Chukwuma, (Gabros), immediate elder brother to Dr Innocent Chukwuma who equally was a witness in 1979 when the prophecy was given.

In his vote of thanks, Mr Osakwe expressed gratitude to Dr Chukwuma and further told him that more great things will still happen to him and IVM. He prayed for Dr Chukwuma and told him that the Grace of God that has brought him this far will continue to see him through till IVM becomes a dominant force in Africa.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for recording landslide victory at the just concluded Local Government election in the State, saying that the development was an eloquent affirmation that Lagosians have confidence in the party.

It was a clean sweep for all the 57 chairmanship candidates of the APC as they were all declared winner by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) defeating all their rivals in the keenly contested election.

Governor Ambode, in a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the development was not just a victory for democracy but the people at the grassroots, who he said would experience continuity with improvement in terms of dividends of democracy.

The Governor said it was particularly gratifying that the party emerged victorious in all the positions not only for the chairmanship positions but also the councillorship, which is the closest to the people.

"This victory for us is nothing more than a confirmation of the trust that Lagosians have placed on the party. In that regard, I like to congratulate our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the landslide victory at the Saturday’s election in all the 57 Councils.

“I particularly note with joy the peaceful conduct of electorates who came out to exercise their franchise in favour of their preferred candidates despite the heavy rain. This is indeed a welcome development and it will go a long way to strengthen our resolve to push ahead with our vision to transform the Local Government system, being the closest to the people.

“I am also happy that we are conducting the Local Government election during my time after almost six years that the election was last held in the State,” the Governor said.    

While congratulating the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) for the success of the election, Governor Ambode said the outcome of the election was a demonstrable evidence that the people have keyed into his vision to evolve participatory governance especially at the local level, just as he assured that his administration would not relent in promoting good governance both at the State and Local Government levels.

“I also like to congratulate LASIEC and all Lagosians for the success of the election which is reassuring about the culture of participatory democracy we are building in the State. It is on record that Lagosians comported themselves peacefully before, during and after the period of the election and this confirms the readiness of the people to support us all the way in our bid to truly take Lagos State to greater heights.

“On our part, we shall continue to work assiduously to move the State forward and make life better and comfortable for the people,” Governor Ambode assured.  

He, however, urged those aggrieved with the result to channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters rather than resort to self-help.