The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi has identified the World Bank assistance through the provision of patrol vehicles, ambulances, motor bikes and tow trucks under the safe corridor project, as responsible for the noticeable reduction in road crash  fatalities in the country.
Speaking at the formal commissioning of 6 pedestrian bridges in the Federal Capital Territory by the  Minister of Works, Arc Mike Onolememe, the Corps Marshal disclosed that  logistic support from the World Bank has not only enhanced the Corps visibility on the highways but also enhanced the Corps’ capacity building through sponsorship of training programmes for FRSC staff within and outside the country, thus resulting to a 11.7 percent reduction in road traffic crash fatalities in the second and third quarters of this year.
He also said that aside from patrol vehicles, tow trucks, ambulances, training programmes, the World Bank has also remained committed to the safe corridor project through the provision of items to enhance the Corps’ rescue services such as radar guns, breathalyzers, extricating machines and other devices to aid the FRSC in delivering on its mandate.
Still on the pedestrian bridges, Oyeyemi expressed the Corps’ willingness to partner with the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory to strictly enforce the compulsory usage of the bridges as part of measures to reduce preventable crashes associated with hit-and-run driving.
Earlier in his presentation, the Minister of Works, Arc Mike Onolememen disclosed that the construction of the pedestrian bridges in the FCT was one of the main sub-components of the World Bank-funded Federal Road Development Project aimed at reducing passenger travel time, vehicle operating costs and traffic-related fatalities on targeted federal roads.
“To maximize the use of these bridges and ensure their sustainability, enforcement activities will be required. To this end, I implore the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to set up enforcement activities around the vicinities of the bridges” the Minister said.
In a related development, the Corps Marshal has solicited the support of the Nigerian Labour Congress to reduce the spate of crashes associated with this year’s Ember season through sustained advocacy with the nation’s workforce which make up majority of commuters on the nation’s highways.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress,  Comrade  Abdul Waheed Umar, the FRSC Corps Marshal expressed his concern over the depletion of the nation’s workforce as people within the age brackets of 18 and 29 years are more affected by the menace of road traffic crashes.
He therefore sought the collaboration of the Nigerian Labour Congress which is the umbrella body of workers in the country, to complement the FRSC efforts towards road crash reduction through consistent engagement with its members.
Similarly, Oyeyemi indicated that the Corps has initiated several strategies in this direction through a synergy with the Federal Ministry of Works to fill blacks spots on the highways and construction of pedestrian bridges to reduce fatalities resulting from hit-and-run driving in addition to an on-going nationwide advocacy to commence the enforcement of maximum road speed limiters on vehicles by 1st June 2014.
The Corps Marshal also solicited the support of the Labour Congress to ensure proper training of its drivers under the Driving School Standardization Scheme (DSSP) before obtaining their driver’s license as part of measures to engender decorum and sound driving culture among the nation’s workforce.
Responding, the NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Umar  commended the FRSC’s remarkable achievement in the area of road safety management through robust investment on Information Communication Technology and sought the Corps’ partnership on ICT in order to improve working process at the Labour Congress.
Stella Uchegbu
Corps Commander
Corps Public Education Officer
Additional Information:
1.    Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is the lead agency for road safety in Nigeria founded in 1988. FRSC website:
  1. FRSC contact: Stella Uchegbu, Corps Public Education Officer, 08077690055,


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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