The Kwara State Command, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday advised community leaders, security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with road safety rules and regulations in the state.
The FRSC Kwara Sector Commander, Jonathan Owoade, gave the advice at the palace of the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Owoade was in Omu-Aran as part of his familiarisation tour of FRSC units and outposts in Kwara South Senatorial District.
He said the visit was in line with a recent directive from the command’s headquarters in Abuja, on the need for road users, especially motorists and motorcyclists, to be up to date with relevant particulars.
He said the visit was also to seek maximum cooperation from community leaders, transport unions, security agencies and other stakeholders toward achieving the desired results.
According to him, the role of traditional rulers and transport stakeholders in tackling armed robbery, banditry, kidnappings and reducing incessant road crashes could not be over emphasised.
“We are in a situation where incessant kidnappings, armed robbery, banditry have become the order of the day.
“In tackling these, there is a directive from the headquarters that all road users must be up to date with relevant particulars including drivers’ and riders’ licences.
“We believe that adequate compliance will help in no small measure to assist the Corps and the Police in arresting those engaging in the nefarious acts.
“The initial deadline for maximum compliance was in August but was shifted till now to give enough room for concerned road users to obtain necessary particulars in carrying out their operations,’’ he said.
Owoade appealed to the community leaders for assistance in re-equipping the command’s licencing office in Omu-Aran that was burgled few years ago.
He urged officers and men of the unit command to always be alive to their responsibilities of promoting safer roads at all times.
The traditional ruler, in his remarks, thanked the sector commander for giving adequate recognition to the people of the community through the visit.
He said that the community’s synergy and harmonious relationship with officers and men of the FRSC unit command had been yielding positive results.
The monarch said the recent constitution of Omu-Aran Market Transport Taskforce Committee headed by the Unit Commander, Mr Festus Adetunji, was part of the product of such synergy.
Also, Chief Bisi Adeyemi, President, Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA), promised that the association would continue to assist FRSC and other security agencies in the discharge of their assignments.
Members of the FRSC team that accompanied the unit commander to the palace include: Mr Festus Adetunji, FRSC Omu-Aran Unit Commander, heads of security agencies in Omu-Aran such as the Police, Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Nigeria Correctional Services. (NAN)
Edited by Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi