The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) Zamfara State Sector Command, has solicited the support of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the enlightenment of motorcyclists on the need to register their vehicles.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Iro Danladi, made the call while receiving the executive members of NUJ who visited his office in Gusau on Tuesday.
Danladi said the programmes of FRSC were so strategic that changes being made, necessitated the use of media as very critical to information dissemination and enlightenment.
He said it was only through the assistance of the media that the policies and Programmes of the corps could reach the public effectively and achieve better understanding.
The command was now on sensitisation to the need for motorcycle registration, adding that Zamfara’s case was very critical due to the security situation of the state.
“We must have proper data of every motorcycle rider in the state as it will not only serve in traffic regulation but also check the menace of insecurity in the state.
” We sincerely appreciate the contribution of the working journalists and we look forward for more.
“The NUJ Chairman, Ibrahim Maizare, said the visit was to enhance the existing cordial relationship between the two bodies.
Maizare said that NUJ and FRSC were working for common good of protecting lives and properties of citizens.
He urged the corps to consider establishing the Special Marshall unit with the union for batter synergy.
Road users are mostly to blame for the unruly behaviour of law enforcement officers on highways, so say respondents to a News Agency of Nigeria survey.
In the survey covering states in the Northwest geopolitical zone, respondents say although Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Police personnel, as well as Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) at times over-stepped their bounds, such behaviours were often ‘reactions’ to attitude of law-breakers.
They said a lot of Nigerians took pleasure in breaking traffic laws, sometimes endangering the lives of law-abiding citizens in the process.
The respondents also noted that gross corruption in the system had been serving as impetus to such behaviour as culprits believed ‘money’ will get them out of trouble, even if lives were at stake.
They however called for restraint on the part of law enforcement officers, adding that their training incorporated studies of human behaviour and self control.
In Kaduna, stakeholders believed that sensitization and training would curb violent conduct of some VIO, FRSC and Police personnel in enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.
Acting Commander of FRSC, Kaduna State Sector Command, Mr Garba Lawal, said the law does not permit violence by personnel, hence before going on patrol, staff are often briefed to be of good conduct.
“An officer is expected to be firm and friendly in dealing with motorists because motorist are also human beings like us.
A motorist , Malam Umar Yusuf , said the manner of approach from both sides (road users and personnel) had always been the major area of conflict.
“If a law enforcement personnel conducts himself in a civil manner , you as motorist ought to complement”, he said.
Also, a commercial motorist, Mr Peter Sunday, called for intensification of enlightenment.
“Most of the time , motorists break the law but as a law enforcement officers, you are expected to be civil in your response ,”he said.
Mr Farouk Gummi, Public Relations Officer of FRSC in Kebbi, said they viewed seriously, any act of unruly behaviour by personnel.
Gummi explained that the laws mandated corps personnel to ensure safer motoring environment.
“In enforcing traffic rules and regulations, the FRSC operatives treat road traffic offenders with respect and courtesy.
“The FRSC staff are very civil and it is this sense of civility inculcated in them that motorists are using to be violent against FRSC patrol teams”, he said.
Gummi also revealed that the corps in recent time had devised a means to tackle some of those problems.
“The use of body camera by patrol team during patrol was recently introduced and it has since started yielding good result because the rate at which FRSC patrol teams are being assaulted, has drastically reduced.
“The use of body camera started in Abuja and it will go round all FRSC commands in the country”, the PRO said.
Meanwhile, Zamfara Command of the FRSC said it had requested for body camera for use by personnel as part of efforts to monitor their conducts.
Sector Commander , Mr. Iro Danladi, told NAN that although personnel exhibited high sense of discipline, they were still being monitored.
He said the command often took decisive measure on few found to have exhibited any form of misconduct.
Also commenting on the matter, the Chief VIO in Zamfara, Malam Nasiru Usman, said there had been few cases of misconduct by personnel, but it was also difficult to identify person at fault between the road user and the VIO.
“The office finds it difficult to established fact when both parties claim to be innocent, so there is need to come up with some measures that would help establish facts easily.
Alhaji Abdullah’s Labaran, FRSC spokesperson in Kano, said that apart from enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, the corps also educated motorists on road safety measures.
He said most times, road users provoked negative reactions, but that personnel were admonished to be civil.
He said there were instances when road marshals got knocked down deliberately by defaulting motorists trying to escape the long arm of the law.
Meanwhile, in Katsina, a cross sections of commercial motorcyclists and motorists have decried harassment and intimidation by operatives of FRSC and the Police on highways.
They also observed over-lapping in functions of FRSC, VIO and Police, arguing that such overlap had been responsible for disagreement between personnel and road users.
On his part, a public affair commentator in Sokoto, Malam Ibrahim Doki, urged VIO,FRS and Police personnel, to fine-tune their conducts .
By Ibrahim Ahmad
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zamfara Command on Monday commenced the commemoration of sixth UN Global Road Safety Week in all parts of the state.
The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Iro Danladi, said at a news conference in Gusau, that the essence of the week was to carry out the global campaign.
According to him, the global campaign was hosted by the World Health Organisation through the UN General Assembly Resolution first held in 2007.
He said that the aim of the week was to bring together individuals, governments at all levels, Non-Governmental Organisations and corporate entities from around the world to raise awareness on road safety.
”The awareness will help to make changes that will reduce the rate of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes,” Danladi said.
He further said the theme of this year’s edition was “Street for Life” and called for 30km per hour in built up areas such as cities, towns and villages.
”It is against this background that FRSC as a leading agency in the traffic management in the country will join hands with all stakeholders to champion the cause of observing reduction in menace,” he said.
Danladi said that activities to commemorate the week in the state include; public enlightenment; hospital visitation to sympathise with victims of road crash; special Jumat prayer and church services on Friday and Sunday respectively.
He said that all hands must be on deck to support the noble initiative. (NAN)(NAN)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zamfara Sector Command, on Tuesday, advised the newly-promoted officers and corps marshal in the command to redouble their efforts towards attaining the objectives of the corps.
The Sector Commander, Mr Wihioka Uchechukwu, gave the advice while decorating the 49 newly-promoted personnel with their new ranks in Gusau.
Uchechukwu said that the essence of the promotion was to expose the personnel to higher level of responsibility and ensure that they exhibited more commitment to the progress of the corps.
While commending the promoted officials, he urged those who could not make the list to put in more efforts in the next promotion exercise.
He lauded the command’s personnel for recording the lowest number of road accidents in the state in 2019.
Earlier, Mr Iro Danladi, Deputy Corps Commander in charge of Operations (DCC), had expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the 2019 promotion examination, saying that the command recorded the highest number of successful candidates for the first time.
He said that such results would, no doubt, boost the morale of the command’s personnel in the discharge of their duties.
In his remarks, the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, expressed happiness with the outcome of the examination, noting that 19 out of the promoted personnel were from the state.
Edited by: Folorunso Poroye and ‘Wale Sadeeq