Defence cadets receive FRSC training on proper driving

ABUJA: THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Defence Academy to train cadets of the academy on proficiency driving.

Speaking shortly before the formal endorsement of agreement, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi, stated that the Corps had drawn a roadmap to positively impact on the nation’s driving culture among the populace.

He said through the new driver’s license, a strong regulatory regime had been put in place to achieve drastic reduction in road traffic crashes.

Oyeyemi added that pursuant to its 2014 strategic goal of reducing road crashes by 15 percent and fatalities by 25 percent, a robust engagement plan has been designed by the FRSC to ensure drastic reduction in road crashes during the 2014 yuletide special patrols tagged ”Operation Zero”.

He said other measures been lined up during the season include massive deployment of personnel and logistics along critical corridors of the highways such as patrol vehicles, breathalyzers, radar guns and the three additional heavy duty tow trucks and motor bikes to be commissioned tomorrow by the Minister of Works, under the auspices of the World Bank to facilitate the Safe Corridor Project in Nigeria.

The Corps Marshal also unveiled the FRSC vision towards cutting down on road traffic crashes from next year, through the speed limiters which will be enforced from June 1 as part of measures to enthrone safer road use in the country.

Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General Mohammed Inusa, commended the FRSC management for its giant strides in the area of road safety management through massive deployment of ICT infrastructures.

He added that the training partnership with the Nigerian Defence Academy had impacted positively on the driving conduct of its cadets.

Inusa urged the FRSC to extend this initiative to the soldiers and neighboring communities on proper driving culture through regular safety awareness campaigns.

He also recalled the recent presentation of a National Defence Policy and the call for a National Military Reserve which will provide a platform for an integration of law enforcement agencies such as the Nigeria Police, FRSC and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps into a structured, defined and organized system under the Armed Forces’ supervision to contribute their expertise to national security and development.