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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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Nasarawa Accident: Death Toll Rises To 18

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The death toll from the accident that occurred on Akwanga-Nassarawa Eggon federal highway last Sunday has risen to 18, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has confirmed.
, Nasarawa state sector commander of the FRSC Mr Ismaila Kugu told newsmen in Lafia on Monday that the accident involved an articulated vehicle and a commuter bus belonging to Benue Links Transport Company.
Kugu said 13 persons had died on the spot while 11 others got injuries and were taken to hospitals in Nassarawa Eggon and Lafia.
“As at this evening (Monday) when we went for follow up,  five of the 11 injured persons we took to the hospitals for treatment have died,” he said.
Kugu said the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, had ordered a full investigation into the accidents on the Akwanga – Nassarawa Eggon axis in view of the recent upsurge in cases resulting in fatalities.
He recalled that a similar accident had occurred in the same axis on September 9, resulting in the death of 11 persons.
“It is quite disheartening to lose 29 souls to road crashes  on a particular route within one week,” Kugu added.
He urged commuters, especially commercial drivers, to exercise caution and patience while plying the route because of its narrow and rough nature.
Kugu also expressed the need for vehicle owners to give more attention to the maintenance of their vehicles, especially trucks, in order to avert some of the accidents. Meanwhile, some commuters have expressed worry over the increasing loss of lives due to crashes on the Lafia-Nasarawa Eggon-Akwanga road and called for urgent attention from relevant authorities.
Mr Friday Ozonue, a commercial bus driver, attributed the accidents to the narrow nature of the road  and recklessness of truck drivers.
Another commercial driver, Malam Bala Adamu, blamed most of the carnage on speeding and dangerous overtaking.

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Delta Begins Repair Of Federal Roads

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the state government has commenced repairs of dilapidated Federal Government roads in the state.
Okowa disclosed this at a thanksgiving service for the state Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro at Christ Embassy, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, on Sunday.
The governor said that the state government got approval from the Federal Government last Thursday to intervene in the repairs of some of the dilapidated portions of some federal roads in the State.
According to him, contractors have been drafted to the roads to carry out rehabilitation adding that palliative work has started on the Benin-Sapele road portion.
He also said that repairs had started at the Asaba end from the River Niger side of the Bridge on the Asaba-Onitsha highway.
The governor assured that the Agbor- Abraka-Eku road, which was also in a deplorable state would be rehabilitated.
“I know that Deltans are unhappy with the deplorable state of federal roads across the state. We may not have the resources to do the roads but we can do palliative work on them.
“After applying for permission from the Federal Government to embark on the rehabilitation of these failed portions of the roads in the state, we got approval three days ago and we have deployed contractors to commence work on the very bad spots,” Okowa said.
The governor said that there were many reasons for his administration to be thankful to God, explaining that were not disappointed with the outcome of the last elections.
Earlier in his remark, Otuaro said that God gave them the victory following the overwhelming support from the people of the state.
He acknowledged the traditional rulers and the clergy and called for more prayers for the state government and the nation.
Otuaro reaffirmed the determination of the Okowa administration to bequeath a “stronger Delta” to the people.
The Pastor of the church, Eddy Owase, in his sermon, said thanksgiving would only be meaningful when the people established a good relationship with God.
In attendance were former governor of the state, James Ibori, Sen. James Manager and Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Sheriff Oboreuwori, among others.

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Transport Company Empowers 25 Drivers With Buses

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A privately-owned transport company, ‘PlentyWaka’, has empowered 25 of its drivers with buses, saying it wants to change the face of commercial transportation in Lagos State with innovative technologically-driven bus transportation system.
The company’s Director, Mr Onyeka Akuma, made this known to newsmen in Lagos, yesterday.
Akuma explained that the ‘Plentywaka’ is a technology bus-driven system that connected the company’s drivers to their buses, while offering comfort, safety and convenience during their daily rides’’.
He said the company recently flagged off PlentyWaka pilot phase in Lagos State, plying Ajah to CMS to announce the transport business model.
Akuma noted that the system was unique in the sense that there was a policy in which the company signed a three-year contract.
He noted that the contract made it possible for about 25 of the company’s drivers to become owners of the buses they drive for the company.
According to Akuma, the drivers will be allowed to own the buses after three years, provided they keep the bus in top notch condition through regular maintenance.
“This transport model is different from other models because while other models are money-oriented alone, we are seeking to empower the drivers and create jobs to stem unemployment in our country.
“We are particular about the values we are creating to society as against making money alone. This makes us unique and different from other technologically-driven transport model.
“Our drivers will be happy that they have been given the opportunity to eventually own brand new vehicles in spite of being paid every month for the operation of the bus.
“This value addition for them is the exciting thing we are bringing on board,’’ he said.
Akuma, said that individuals could cash-in on the development by sponsoring some of the buses.
“With N60,000, you can be a part owner of a bus and get 22 per cent annually on Return on Investments. This is how we get investments for the buses,’’ he said.
Akuma said that the company would continue to connect with the communities where it operates with the planned installation of traffic lights and sign posts in designated areas to improve the transport systems within communities.
PlentyWaka’s Managing Director, Johnny Enagwolor, said the view initiative is the next step for the future of the transport system in Lagos.
“Having access to safe, convenient and accessible transportation options is crucial to reducing bad driving, crashes and possible eventualities.
“What we are trying to eradicate totally is the issue of stress associated with public transport generally”, he said.
Enagwolor said that the company had the support of the major stakeholders in the transport industry such as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Lagos State Transportation Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Police.

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