The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned officers and men of the corps to desist from act of extorting road users or risked being dismissed from the service.

Mr Olumide Michael Olagunju,The Zonal Commanding Officer of the corps incharged of Oyo,Ondo and Osun States gave the warning while speaking at the 2018 first quarter retreat organised by Ondo state command on Friday  in Owo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat theme tagged: ”Towards Developing  A More Effective Enforcement Initiative in Reducing Road Traffics Crashes”

Olagunju said that the corps had serious internal disciplinary and zero tolerance for corruption by using internal mechanism to curtail it.

“One of the organizations that has zero tolerance for corruption is the FRSC. We do a lot of internal sorting of the ”eggs” we have.

“The good eggs and the bad eggs. We have a lot  of surveillance activities where whoever is caught and proven to have exhorted, his or her appointments will be terminated.

“While Some may end up with review of their rank and where the head of the patrol team has not perform well, may lose his rank or be demoted,”he noted.

The FRSC boss,who appealed to motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations,therefore urged public to support the corps in driving out corruption on the road by reporting erring officers to the nearest command.

“If you are in the road and our men are trying to exhorting you.give us report of what the officer has done and be ready to defend whatever allegations you have come up with.

“When men extort, it means the other person has agreed to terms of extortion. We should shun this from our own mind set and stop giving bribe to any officer or operatives on the road.

He explained that the  retreat was put together for human capacity development where strategy for operations  and methods of improving service delivery are discussed.

“We want to improve them on  traffic engagements and also level of their professionalism in attending to road crashes victims should be improved,” he added.

He urged officers and men of the command to rededicate themselves to duty and show more respect for the fundamental human rights of road users.

Speaking earlier,Mr Vincent Jack, the Ondo State Sector Commander, who was represented by Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, Head of Operation,decried the challenges and situation facing FRSC during the course of enforcing the traffic rules and regulations.

Jack said that it had become imperative to re-strategize in order to reduce the rate of road traffic crashes in the state,saying enforcement education,enlightenment and engineering form the major operational activities in FRSC but of all, enforcement stand out.

The sector commander,therefore charged officers and men to come up with various ways of achieving effective enforcement and increase the Corps operational activities in line with the world best practices.

“The Corps has witnessed a lot of unbridled hostilities, unnecessary aggression and unfortunate crisis on the road while trying to arrest traffic law offenders.

“This has however become a source of concern for the Corps management team. These cankerworms must be nipped in the bud and holistically addressed before the trend goes out of hands.

“Motorists have devised several means of evading arrest and worst still, some unscrupulous elements within the Corps have condescend so low to compromise the enforcement processes..

“It is therefore very imperative at this juncture to evaluate how enforcement is being carried out in the past, how we are doing it now and plan on how to improve on it,is expected to be the major focus of this retreat,”Jack said.

Also speaking, Hon.Ganiyu Omoluka, the Caretaker Chairman of Owo Local Government area attributed some of road crashes recorded in the country as a result of lack of respect for traffic rules and regulations.

Omoluka, who decrided the nonchalant attitude of most of drivers to traffic rules admonished drivers to avoid over speeding, overload and carried out necessary checks on their vehicles before they set out for any journey.

According to him, only bad road can not be termed as the major cause of road crashes,we needs to shun the habit of drinking while driving. (NAN)

 

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