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Corruption:FRSC Introduces Roll Of Dishonour

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The Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC) has introduced “Roll of Dishonour’ to tackle corrupt personnel .
The FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr Kingsley Agomoh, made this known when he declared open the FRSC zonal RS7 quarter retreat in Abuja, last Saturday.
Agomoh said that the commission had been battling with cases of corrupt personnel who tarnish the image of the commission, saying the initiative is to eliminate corrupt practices during patrol.
The FRSC official said the measures adopted would ensure that the integrity of the commission was not tarnished
He said that the ‘Roll of Dishonor Board’ was aimed at publicising any staff whose appointment was terminated because of extortion and malpractice.
“We have in the past done everything to stem corruption from the FRSC to make it a world class organisation.
“To let people know that we don’t tolerate unwholesome behaviour of our men on duty surveillance has been carried out on the FRSC personnel while on duty, on the roads.
“We have discovered how to tackle the menace of corruption. The role of dishonour is a zonal initiative where we are going to have a board that will have corrupt officers name written.
“So, if you are caught for any act of compromise on the roads and you have gone through the trial and found wanting even after appeal and running through the course your name will appear.’’
Agomoh said that even when such corps was terminated, his name would remain on the board in all units and zonal commands to serve as deterrent for others.
He added that the board would have the culprit’s name, the offence committed and his state of origin.
“This is so that if tomorrow your child or relative walks into the office and sees your name they will know why you were terminated from the FRSC.
“So, in the morning as our men are going on patrol they will see the board and ask themselves, do I want my name to be here?
“Of course the answer is no, so they will conduct themselves well,’’ he said.
He urged all the commands to replicate the Roll of Dishonour Board in their respective commands.
He noted that the FRSC had marked at the Finance and Nicon junctions in Abuja as some of the black spot areas where accidents occur frequently and was working to address it.
Agomoh said that the retreat would enable the FRSC to reassess what it had done before and how to add more value.
This, he said, would be done by looking at the areas where it had not done well to improve on its operational activities.
The Sector Commander of FCT, Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, said the command would stem the rate of crashes in the FCT since the black spot had been marked
Oghenekaro identified speed as the major cause of road crash, adding that the reason was because of the quality of roads in the nation’s capital.
“We advise that people should not break traffic rules and regulations, especially at night thinking the FRSC will not be there.
“You must be disciplined because it is the hall mark of any gentleman or lady.
“Road safety is a shared responsibility you have to play your own part with or without our presence on the roads because it’s for your safety.’’
Also Managinig Director, News Services, DAAR Communications, Mr Imoni Amarere, appealed to “the FRSC to always ensure that enforcement goes with public enlightenment and courtesy while on duty”.
Amarere also advised FRSC to take road safety campaign to socio-cultural and religious gathering to further broaden the horizon of Nigerians on the issue and also use the social media.
According to him, this will enable more people hear about how to save their own lives on the road and also caution drivers while on transit.
He added that surveillance cameras ought to be built into traffic lights so as to monitor traffic violators as practised in other countries.

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Monarch Tasks RSG, NDDC On Chokota-Umuebulu Road

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The Onye Ishi Ala Chokota in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze I.S. Wekeh, has appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to add Chokota-Ikwerengwo-Umuebulu Road to their respective priority projects with a view to rehabilitating the road.

Eze Wekeh who made the appeal recently while speaking with newsmen urged the state government to come to the aid of the residents in the area, saying the area hosts several oil wells mined by Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC), therefore playing a key role in the revenue generation of the nation.

According to him, “during the time the present state government flagged-off the construction of Igbo-Rumuokwurusi Road, there was an assurance that Chokota-Ikwerengwo-Umuebulu Road will be rehabilitated, but we are still hopeful that the road is still dear to his heart, as we are still expecting result. I am also appealing to NDDC to come to the aid of the inhabitants of the area as well as the multinational corporation operating in the area”.

A resident in the area, Mrs Adaku Amadi, who spoke to The Tide, said “Things are very difficult here for us due to the bad road. Our mothers use to go to the farm with bicycle or motor cycle and they usually fall on the bad road. Some pregnant women will deliver without any medical treatment because of lack of access to medication due to bad road. So we are appealing to government to help us alleviate this suffering by rehabilitating the road”.

Another resident in the area, Mr Paul Wosu, said “my brother, we use to suffer here and we are expecting government to do something, even NDDC as an interventionist agency to come to our aid. Now you can drive in because everywhere is dry, but during the rainy season, you can not dare it, because the flood will drown you. We are still appealing for positive response from the relevant authorities”.

It would be recalled that the NDDC had sometime in 2006 promised to fix the road as part of their priority projects, but could not mobilise to site till date a result, the state government promised to rehabilitate the road.

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FRSC To Prosecute Users Of Unworthy Heavy Duty Trucks

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The Plateau State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it would impound and prosecute users of unworthy heavy duty trucks and articulated vehicles within Jos metropolis.

The command disclosed this in a statement signed by Route Commander Andrew Bala, its Public Education Officer, yesterday in Jos.

It expressed worry over the rampant and incessant crashes and breakdown of heavy duty trucks and articulated vehicles within the Jos metropolis.

“Crash investigation and analysis has shown that most of these crashes and breakdowns are as a result of brake failure and mechanical deficient vehicles.

“It is in this light that the command is admonishing all owners of heavy duty trucks, articulated and dysfunctional vehicles to carry out routine checks and repairs on their vehicles.

“Very soon, the command will carry out a special patrol to wipe out and prosecute offenders of unworthy vehicles within the Jos metropolis and environs that ply the highways,” the statement said.

The command advised motorists to keep enough distance from heavy duty trucks or articulated vehicles on the highway to allow for safe manoeuvering in case of any mishap.

It said that the task of ensuring safety on the highway is a shared responsibility.

It appealed to all road users to obey all traffic rules and regulations as anyone found wanting would be sanctioned accordingly.

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Flyover: Commissioner Calls For Patience Over Traffic Congestion

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Following the ongoing construction of Rumuokoro flyover by the construction giant, Julius Berger Plc, the Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Austin Ben Chioma, has urged motorists and road users to exercise patience and bear with the traffic situation as the construction of the flyover project progresses.

The Commissioner  made the appeal on Monday in a chat with newsmen while supervising the demolition of structures at the garrison flyover construction site in Port Harcourt

He noted the traffic problems associated with the construction of Rumuokoro flyover and assured that measures would be put in place to ensure free flow of traffic at Rumuokoro.

According to him, “The company has just started the flyover at Rumuokoro, Very soon, we will work out modalities to alleviate the flow of traffic at that area. I appeal that people, especially motorists should exercise patience pending when the project will be completed. It is for the good of the whole”.

The Tide reports that Julius Berger, had since last week, blocked one of the two lanes along Eliozu-Rumuokoro Road, leaving one lane to serve the motorists.

Meanwhile, The Tide gathered that some policemen and soldiers from Bori Camp were collecting N50 each from commercial drivers who run one way along Eliozu route.

Speaking to The Tide, a taxi driver who plies Rumuokoro-Eliozu route, John Jide, said, “soldiers from Bori Camp came on the road through their back gate to the road and started collecting N50 with the allegation that we were running against the lane (one way), when it has officially been approved that motorists should use one way pending when there will be alternative provision, as the flyover construction lasts”.

Another taxi driver who plies same route, Igwe Ajam, said “police and army are disturbing us on this route. They extort so much from us. You meet police check point, they will collect N50, you move further you see a gang of soldiers, you pay another N50, but private motors that are also running that same one way are allowed to go free.

“Their target is commercial taxi, we want government to look into this because we are not deliberately running one way if not for the approval of the authorities that be”.

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