Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commended all of the 2022 national awards from the state for their great contributions in career, leadership and character to national growth.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, on Thursday in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq said: “At least 11 Kwarans made the list of honorees who received different national awards and the awards were conferred on them by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The awardees from Kwara are: former President of the Nigeria Court of Appeal Justice Ayo Salami; Chief Judge of Kwara State, Justice Sulyman Durosinlohun; retired Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Idris Abdullahi Haroon; and the immediate past Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi.
“Others are Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; renowned Neurosurgeon, Prof. Wale Suleiman; Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Sheikh Suleiman Onikijipa; Chief Imam of Fouad Lababidi Central Mosque, Abuja, Sheikh Muhammed Tajudeen; and foremost industrialist, Alhaji Kamoru Yusuf.
“The late football legend, Rashidi Yekeen, and Chief Superintendent of Police, Benedict Ajide, would also be confered posthumously as MON.
” The governor described the awardees as true patriots who have paid their dues in their various professions, saying the decision of the President to honour them aptly captured their services to the fatherland.
“On behalf of the people and the government of our state, I felicitate these outstanding personalities who in their respective fields have etched their names in gold.
“We similarly commend Mr President for finding these Kwarans worthy of the prestigious national honours,” the AbdulRazaq stated.
Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba has called on the church to always advise and critisise political leaders when necessary to enable them to deliver their mandates to the people.
Ishaku made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja after receiving a prestigious award bestowed on him by The Church of Nigeria titled, “Prestigious Award for Courageous and Purposeful Leadership in Challenging Situation”.
He told newsmen on the sidelines of the event that the award would spur him and other recipients to do more for the betterment of the nation.
He said: “This award is an encouragement.
But more than that, they need to start early in advising, particularly those of us in politics.
“They also need to point out to us when we go wrong early, so that we can make corrections towards delivering the benefits of democracy to our people.
“I find out that the church is very clear in its criticism and most times they are very correct in their critique, it doesn’t go to the press like you people do, they tell us quietly and it has been very useful.
“So, I told them too quietly, that they should be able to encourage us more by the quiet criticism they are giving us, it helps a lot.
’’ According to Ishaku, the award by the church meant a lot to him because the church was the trust of the society.
The immediate past Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRCN), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, who was also a recipient of the prestigious award thanked the church and the Primate for the recognition.
Oyeyemi said: “This is not like those awards that when they give you they ask you to bring money.
“For the Church of God to recognise you, it means that you have truly done well.
And I thank the Primate for this nomination and conferment.
“This will spur me even in my retired life to continue to remain steadfast and contribute my quota to the nation.
’’ Other recipients of the award include former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Minister of Defence, retired Lt.-.
Gen. Theophilus Danjuma and retired Brig.- Gen. Buba Marwa), the Chief Executive, NDLEA.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the recipients were awarded on the sidelines of the Church of Nigeria’s Standing Committee Meeting.
The meeting is the highest decision making body of the Church and has as its theme, “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done’’.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Dauda Biu, as the Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), following the retirement of Mr Boboye Oyeyemi.
Oyeyemi said this when he handed over to Biu at the FRSC headquartres on Monday in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem on Monday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi said that Biu’s appointment took effect from July 24 and wished him a successful tenure as he assumed office.
Speaking, FRSC Board Chairman, Malam Bukhari Bello congratulated Bello on his appointment and urged him to sustain the tempo as well as ensure that he justify his appointment.
Bello said that the former Corps Marshal laid a good foundation for the corps and urged the acting corps marshal to continue where he stopped.
Biu appreciated the management of the FRSC and the presidency for the appointment and pledged to justify the appointment.
Before his appointment, Biu was the Deputy Corps Marshal, Finance and Accounts at the FRSC headquarters.
He joined the FRSC in 1988 and has had a fruitful career working across several formations.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Ahmadu Bello University and was the Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Finance and Accounts in 2014 before becoming the DCM in 2016.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former Corps Marshal, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi retired from service on Sunday, July 24.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that the high rate of crashes, occasioned deaths, injuries, and destruction of property remained unacceptable to the corp.
Oyeyemi, who said this at a strategy sessions with the FRSC high command on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the corps was, however, determined and committed to an unrelenting pursuit to ensure that the challenges were brought down drastically.
He said that the theme, “Delivering on FRSC mandate: higher, faster and stronger”, was to provide the touchstone to the management for how decisions were made and programs formulated and reviewed.
He said that the session also provided a platform for effective measurement of productivity and efficiency of the corps.
The FRSC boss said that the enforcement of the use of the Speed Limiting Device (SLD), had been consolidated to checkmate speeding.
According to him, enforcement of the SLD is an important effort to reduce crashes in the country.
“As of date, there are certified vendors of the device from which motorists can choose to patronise.
“The list of vendors are available on the FRSC official website in the Speed Limiters Wicket,” he said.
Oyeyemi urged the corps to be driven by the country’s national development efforts, geared towards creating a country that was safe for all to attain prosperity and good health He said that FRSC was an organisation that required high performance as a team, and by sustaining the unique team spirit, the corps had earned a place of trust.
The FRSC boss said this was not only by the government but also by Nigerians to the delivery of goals, in spite of the numerous challenges been faced.
“The corps will enhance the quality of the existing partnership with development partners as well as the other stakeholders.
“Also, vehicle operators who commit life-threatening violations would be made to go for psychological evaluation to determine their suitability to continue to drive on the Nigeria highways,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that the corps operations would continue to reflect the aspiration of the Federal Government, which sought to make Nigeria’s economic growth speeded up through macroeconomic stability and economic diversification.
He said this was also building a globally competitive economy through investment in infrastructure, improving the business environment and promoting digital-led growth.
“Investment in the Nigerian people through arrays of programmes that would turn the nation totally round would not be left out.
“Nigerians count on the corps, as the beacon of hope in road safety management, as well as to continue to give direction to the rest of the African continent,” he said.
Also speaking, the FRSC board Chairman, Mallam Bukhari Bello, said that there was need to sustain achievements made so far by transforming the corps to a world class agency on road management.
Bello said that the FRSC should continually be committed to the Federal Government’s mandate to tackle unwanted loss of lives on the roads.
He gave assurance that the corps would remain focused on the set goals in line with current realities.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has approved the appointment of four new Deputy Corps Marshals, who will however, proceed on terminal leave.
In a statement on Wednesday by its Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC said that the approval was given during the meeting of its board on Tuesday, in Abuja.
Kazeem said the new appointees were Olakunle Motojo, ACM Technical Services, Abayomi Olukoju, Principal Staff Officer to the Corps Marshal, Alhassan Hussaini, ACM Administration, and Ayodele Kumapayi, Benin Zonal Commanding Officer.
“The affected officers are to proceed on their terminal leave with immediate effect,” he added.
It said Chairman of the Commission, Malam Bukhari Bello, congratulated the newly elevated officers, saying promotion was part of the efforts to reward excellence, diligence and hardwork The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, also congratulated the newly appointed officers and wished them happy retirement.
Oyeyemi said that they merited the promotions as a result of their hard work, resilience, loyalty and dedication to duty.
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says there are no extra charges for capturing and processing of driving licence across the country.
Oyeyemi, said this at a two-day workshop for Sector Heads of Driver’s Licence Centres (DLCs) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop has as its theme, “Consumer Rights As Panacea of Effective Service Delivery in the Driver’s Licence Process.” Oyeyemi said that the workshop was aimed at educating the participants on how to improve service delivery through transparency and efficiency.
He said that it was also aimed at training them on the use of Vision Testing Machine (VTM) to carry out vision test for applicants nationwide.
The FRSC boss said, ‘‘Vision test is a major test which must be carried out to ensure all forms of corrupt practices are curtailed as lives must be protected.” According to him, lack of good sight has been causing road crashes, especially, at night.
“When you talk about safety and someone doesn’t see well, then you have signed the death warrant of such a person and he or she can easily get crashed.
“When the vision is not correct, his or her judgment fails and crashes occur and lives are lost.
“As an officer, you must ensure that you are up to task.
If you compromise and a licence is issued the wrong way, then you have signed the death warrant of such an applicant, “he said.
Oyeyemi, however, warned officers against extortion and other corrupt practices; saying, ‘‘the act is inimical to the corps’ value on transparency and should be stopped.” He said, ”the interface with the public circle has to do with the fact that an officer in charge of driving licence issuance must do what is expected.
“You must ensure that all corrupt and nonsense practices end.
We must conform to the global practices.
“You must curtail touting.
No extra charges to capture or collect driving licence across the country.
“Any DCL head found wanting shall be made to face the law,” he warned.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday graduated no fewer than 20 Junior Course One students at its Command and Staff College, Udi, Enugu State.
The three months intensive course, which involved courses in education, drill, operational communication and command administration, among others, was crowned by major study tours in Awka Ibom and Enugu States.
In an address, FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, lauded the students for being exceptional during the course, adding that “I did not receive any single complaint of any misbehaviour“.
Oyeyemi said: “The Superintendent Route Commanders (SRCs) for this course were chosen from all the geo-political zones of the country and cut across all departments within the corps.
“The graduating students today have done exceptionally well and we expect that you share what you have learnt and experience with other personnel in your departments, units and commands so that they gain from it also.”
The corps marshal noted that the corps had continued to expand and by the Course 3; it would be taking students from other African countries, especially the Anglophone countries.
“By the grace of God, the academy will be hosting its first matriculation at the Academy as it turns to a full-fledged academy and having its first JAMB admission.
“We have expanded to the 774 local government areas, apart from our Zebra, Outpost, Unit and Command offices scattered all over the country and our number is growing to ensure we deliver on our mandate to ensure that Nigerians are safe on the roads.
“I must appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, for supporting the corps tremendously,” he said.
In a goodwill message, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, praised the FRSC for producing the high level manpower needs of the corps, which is meant to ensure safety of all Nigerians.
“Enugu State will continue to partner and participate actively in FRSC activities in its academy and support the state’s FRSC Command to ensure safety of lives on our roads,” said Ugwuanyi, represented by Prof. Uchenna Eze, the Commissioner for Education.
Speaking, the Commandant of the college, Mr Chidiebere Nkwonta, said students of the course had been thoroughly tested both in character and learning, adding that they had performed exceptionally well during the course.
Nkwonta, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said: “They have been thoroughly accessed and found worthy to be graduated.
“I will also use this time to thank the lecturing and directing staff of the college, as well as Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the GOC of 82 Division, Nigerian Army, for his continuous assistance during the course.”
The best graduating student, SRC Jamila Iliyasu, thanked the corps marshal and other authorities of FRSC for making the training possible and “ensuring we got the necessary exposure”.
Highlights of the event included the commissioning of the Boboye Oyeyemi Drive within the FRSC Academy, Udi as well as the inauguration of FRSC Museum and Archives.
Other activities included the conferment of pass on the graduands, presentation of certificates and awards, as well as a group photograph. (
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has commended Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali, on the total ban of SPY number plates in the country. This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM), Bisi Kazeem on Wednesday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the IGP ordered a total ban on all use of Police SPY Vehicle Number Plates by vehicle owners across the states of the federation without exception. The order is necessary to forestall the continuous disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other extant laws guiding road use by individuals hiding under the privileges of SPY police number plates Oyeyemi however, directed Commanding Officers of the Corps across the nation to join hands with the Police Force to enforce the order. He said that the commendation became neccessary in pursuant to the order on the total ban of SPY number plates and immediate reversal to the original registered number plates issued by the IGP. The Corps Marshal also directed Commanding Officers to ensure that no stone was left unturned in the enforcement of the very order. According to him, road users who also parade faded number plates should endeavour to replace them with new ones so as to avoid impounding their vehicles. Oyeyemi ordered full force and immediate impoundment of private vehicles that were using commercial number plates. He reiterated the implications of the continued use of faded and other unauthorised vehicle number plates to national security. “The use of the SPY and other unauthorised number plates to continually violate traffic rules and regulations must be brought to a halt. “Hence the directive given to Commanding Officers to brace up and ensure that they give adequate priority to the enforcement,” he said .
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has approved the deployment of 1,500 personnel and 35 vehicles for the July 16 Osun governorship election.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem, the corps’ Public Education Officer, (CPEO), made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi said that the deployment became necessary as part of preparations toward ensuring a hitch free conduct of the forthcoming election to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He directed operatives of the corps drafted for the election to ensure effective collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
This, Oyeyemi said, included the INEC and other security agencies in the enforcement of restrictions on vehicular movement.
“To ensure that the corps plays effective role in the elections, 1500 personnel of the corps have been deployed.
“A total of 35 vehicles, including tow trucks and ambulances, to strengthen enforcement of restrictions during the entire process of the election too have been put in place,” the corps marshal said.
He said that the operatives drafted to cover the election had equally been mandated to clear obstructions from the roads.
The corps marshal urged the corps operatives to carry out rescue operations in case of emergencies and maintain orderliness at the polling centres.
Oyeyemi, however, warned the deployed personnel to exhibit the highest sense of professionalism, ingenuity, as well as to avoid any situation that could lead to abuse of the rights of electorates during the exercise.
He urged the electorates in the state to comply with all regulations, including the restriction of vehicular movement order that would be announced, and wished them a peaceful, free and fair election.
Eid-el-Kabir: FRSC cautions motorists against dangerous driving in Osun
By Joshua Oladipo
Osogbo , July 8, 2022 (NAN ) The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) , Osun Command, has advised road users against dangerous driving on the highways during and after the Eid-el-kabir celebrations.
The Sector Commander, Mr Paul Okpe, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) on Friday in Osogbo, said the commamd would deploy regular and special marshals to strategic spots in the state to avert any unforseen situation.
NAN reports that the command recently organised an Eid-el-kabir rally across motor parks in the state to further engaged stakeholders on the need to re-sentise them on safe driving.
Okpe said, “safety is a shared responsibility, which must be embraced by all road users, rather than leaving such in the hands of FRSC officers.”
According to him, the command is working with other security sister agencies to ensure the safety of lives and property during Sallah celebrations and the governorship election on July 16.
He commended the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, for his tireless efforts at ensuring safe driving on the highways across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT).
“One of the reasons why the command embarked on Eid-el-kabir safety rally in motor parks, starting from Ota-efun Garage, was to engage key actors in the transport sector.
“The Corps Marshal’s plan was to ensure zero accident during and after the festive period,” Okpe said.
He appealed to the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) for their supports in bringing sanity to the highways by obeying safety regulations.
Okpe, however, said the command would continue to intensify its effort in recording zero accident in the state and also engaging stakeholders for safe driving. (www.