The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed 70,000 Corps’ Operatives (Regular and Special Marshals) to effectively cover 45 corridors during the Eid special patrol, which commenced yesterday to end on August 26, 2018. This is part of efforts to reduce road crashes during and after the celebrations.
In addition to the officers, operational equipment, which includes 948 vehicles, 656 patrol vehicles, 113 ambulances, 156 Admin Vehicles, 23 Tow Trucks and also 204 Bikes for metropolitan bike patrol were earmarked. Other equipment deployed include radar guns and breathalyzers to put a check on drunk driving.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kazeem, he said they have identified possible alternative routes to ease traffic flow around the major highways. The alternative routes are, Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere-Akunu-Ise-Junction-Ile-are-Ado Ekiti, Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere, 9th Mile-Udi-Oji River-Umunze, Bauchi-Alkaleri-Kaltungo, Kaduna-Kachia-Kwoi-Manchok, Keffi-Nasarawa-Toto-Abaji-Lokoja, Lekki-Epe-Ijebu Ode.
He also noted that, among the corridors to be covered include, Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor, Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos corridor, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano corridor, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo corridor, Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridor, among others.
Oyeyemi appreciated the motoring public for their cooperation in making Nigerian roads safe and directed that all Zebras must be active 24/7 for prompt rescue operations and be responsive to calls within the minimum FRSC response time to crashes reported.