Yuletide: FRSC harps on safe-driving culture to ensure zero crash, zero fatality
Akure, Nov.14, 2019 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo State on Thursday stressed the need for motorists to adhere to safe-driving culture to prevent accidents on the highway during the forthcoming yuletide.
The Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, made the call at a news conference as part of activities to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Accidents in Akure.
Nigeria News Agency reports that 2019 United Nations’ Road Crash Victims Remembrance Day’s theme is: “Life is not a Car Part”.
Adeleye explained that the news conference was aimed at showcasing the event that would generate consciousness on road safety among the motorists and other road users who should always adopt preventive measures.
The sector commander said that if motorists followed the rules and regulations of traffic on the highway zero crashes and zero fatalities could be achieved.
According to him, motorists should always adhere to safe-driving principles while on the move.
“This is because you don’t need road safety to be on the road before you do the right thing; we need attitudinal change so that everybody, whether road safety is on highway or not, we do a right thing.
“We are so much in a hurry to do things we have not done since nine or 10 months especially as we are approaching end of the year.
“Zero crashes is possible but it depends on the mindset of the motorists that ply the road.
“Let us take it easy so that even if there are going to be crashes let us have zero fatality because life is no car part,” he said.
He also called on religious leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other major stakeholders to join forces with the FRSC against the menace of road accidents across the state.
Adeleye also charged his officers and men to resist the temptation of compromising their roles by taking bribe from traffic offenders on the highway.
“We are conscious that we have some of our men who are uncivilised in terms of the way they approach offenders and we are working towards it to ensure that we correct them.
“In terms of taking bribe or compromising, I always tell our officers and men that any money taken on highway is blood money.
“When you take money on the highway, you are taking the money to compromise the safety of that person.
“Taking money from someone that is speeding means that you are giving him a liberty to continue speeding and giving him a liberty to go and crash.
“So, it should dawn on you, you may not be there when the crash happens but you have encouraged him to cause that crash.
“So, it’s blood money and blood money does not last,” he maintained.
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu https://nnn.ng/yuletide-frsc-harps-on-safe-driving-culture-to-ensure-zero-crash-zero-fatality/
Ebonyi Bus Plunge: FRSC confirms 14 corpses retrieved from river
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi has confirmed the retrieval of 14 corpses from the Akeze-Ukwu river after a Mercedes Benz 608 model bus plunged into it on Friday evening.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bus was conveying members of a particular church who attended their pastor’s burial and were returning to Enugu when the incident occurred.
The bus driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle on the bridge but five victims were rescued unconscious on Friday.
“Seven males and seven females, all adults were inside the vehicle all and they were all dead.
“Their corpses have been deposited at the Mater Misericordae Hospital, Afikpo, but both professional divers from Port Harcourt and the local ones are still searching for more victims,” she said.
Uchegbu said that with five persons rescued on Friday and 14 corpses retrieved on Saturday, it was clear that there more victims still missing.
“This sums to 19 recovered persons as against the expected 32 passengers on board the bus.
“The FRSC personnel are still on ground, maintaining free flow of traffic with the road cordoned to motorists since Friday,” she said.
Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, Chairman of Ivo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, disclosed that the state government hired divers from Rivers and Cross River to assist in the rescue efforts.
“The divers located the bus inside the river, pushed it to enable the crane pull it from the river,” he said.
Sources close to NAN revealed that the driver was one of the persons rescued on Friday and he disclosed when he regained consciousness that 32 persons were inside the bus.
“The driver said he managed to dive from the bus as it plunged into the river,” the source claimed.
Edited By: Peter Ejuiofor)
Edo election: FRSC certifies 496 vehicles to convey electoral materials, personnel
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 496 vehicles have been certified to convey electoral materials and personnel for the Edo 2020 election.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Asst. Corps Marshall Bisi Kazeem who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja added that all the certified vehicles were for effective monitoring during and after the election.
Kazeem noted that 108 staff of the command had been deployed to be involved directly in the election process, including those on duty to ensure restriction of movement on the roads.
He noted that the deployment of officers and men for the election was decentralized, adding that the Unit Commanders were directed to meet their various Areas Commanders for the deployment.
According to him, a total of 496 vehicles were certified today by the Operatives of FRSC. The breakdown is as follows:
“RS 5.1 Edo (69), RS 5.11 Auchi (45), RS 5.12 Tollgate (75), RS 5.13 Iruekpen (105),RS 5.14 Igarra (20), RS 5.15 Sapele (40), RS 516 Owan Isigie (62), RS 5.17 Uromi (50), RS 5.1A Abudu (30).
“in all, 108 staff of the command have been deployed.
“Two personnel are representing the command in the Joint Operations Room, while the command situation room for the election has been set up, with a Superintendent Route Commander, supported by a Routs Commander.
“Ambulances are also on alert for quick response, in case of any eventuality in the course of the exercise,” he said.
Kazeem expressed satisfaction with the security arrangement made to protect the lives and property of all the people during the exercise, including corps personnel.
He said that corps personnel had been given all necessary training in the election process.
Kazeem, however, called on all FRSC staff to conduct themselves orderly and shun all acts of corruption and indiscipline.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
Ember Months: FRSC urges motorists to drive patiently, apply controlled-speed
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be patient and apply controlled-speed on the highways during this Ember-months period.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday.
NAN reports that the Ember-months included the months of September, October, November and December.
According to Kalu, the insinuation that blood sucking demons take over roads during Ember-months period is never true.
“It is human negative attitude that most times lead to increase in crashes and even deaths,’’ he said.
“The major causes of possible increase in road crashes in this period remained human impatient and negligence.
“The human deficiencies stem from impatience and anxiety to meet up personal or group target before the year runs out.
“With impatience and anxiety to meet up target; most motorists care less about other road users and even their own health and body system during this period.
“Another is the negligence of pushing out mechanically deficient vehicles during this time to make more money or returns even at the detriment of passengers and other road users as well,’’ he said.
The sector commander noted that due to the perceived human deficiencies leading to crashes; the command had already embarked on massive road safety education in parks, churches, mosques and public gatherings in the state.
According tp him, as the lead agency on road traffic management and safety; we are all out this season to ensure our people are educated and they are very cautious driving in the not friendly weathers such as rain and harmattan seasons during the Ember-months period.
“Our education also covers the need for motorists and transporters to adhere to the guidelines on COVID-19 prevention as far as vehicular movement of humans and goods are concerned,’’ he said.
He noted that the command would also carry out road audit; vehicular logistic repairs and maintenance for special end of the year and festive operation and improve on joint patrols with sister security agencies.
He said that the corps was determined to reduce crashes in the state to zero level at the end of the Ember Months this year.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Divers rescue 5 as bus plunges into river in Ebonyi
Divers have rescued five persons from the Akaeze-ukwu River in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi as a ‘608’-model bus plunged into it on Friday evening.
The bus was said to have 38 passengers on board.
Mrs Stella Uchegbu, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Commander in Ebonyi told the News Agency of Nigeria , in a telephone interview that the incident involved the bus and an articulated vehicle.
Uchegbu said that reports reaching her desk indicated that the rescued victims were unconscious and were taken to the hospital.
“We can, therefore, not confirm if any person is dead or not and the FRSC team (Ishiagu unit) is still at the scene for rescue efforts.
“The Afikpo unit team is, however, on standby in case any major thing ‘breaks’ this night to give back-up to the staff at the scene,” she said.
The sector commander further revealed that the victims are members of a particular church who attended the burial of their pastor in Afikpo and were returning to Enugu.
“There are however two versions of the incident as one held that the articulated vehicle tried to overtake the bus which made it (the bus) to lose control and another held that it was the bus which actually tried to overtake.
“There was no report of collision by both vehicles but the bus just lost control at the bridge and plunged into the river.
“We have not ascertained whether the bus was fully loaded or if the passengers observed COVID-19 social distancing but divers from the area managed to rescue five persons,” she said.
She further revealed that someone called to inform that his brother and wife were still trapped inside the river but the divers said they couldn’t continue because it was dark.
“God is alive and he can still preserve the victims,” she said.
Mr Chidi Ogbuatu, Coordinator of Akaeze Development Centre, also told NAN on telephone that efforts were on to rescue the trapped passengers.
“The incident is horrible as the bus tried to overtake the articulated vehicle at the bridge with 38 passengers on board.
“We can confirm that five persons have been rescued as one of them, a woman had died at the time they were rescued,” he said.
Ogbuatu said that the Chairman of the council and the Commissioner for Works provided cranes to retrieve the trapped vehicle and the process is still ongoing.
“The bus is yet to be traced inside the river but the divers managed to retrieve the five victims.
“I have notified the state governor of the incident and we are hoping for the best,” he said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu