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Yuletide: FRSC inaugurates 15 traffic control camps, deploys over 30,000 personnel

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has set up 15 traffic control camps, 27 help areas, and 46 ambulance points, along critical routes of Nigeria to complement Operational and Public Education efforts during the yuletide.

The Corps has equally mobilised over 30,000 operatives from all field commands and the National Headquarters to commence end of the year Special Patrol with zest and vigour.

This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), ACM Bisi Kazeem, on Tuesday in Abuja.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the end of the year patrol theme is tagged ‘Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Traffic Crashes’.

Kazeem said that the deployment of personnel was owing to the pressing need to proactively save lives and to ensure safe travels at all times.

He noted the route to be covered as 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.

He noted also that 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 were part of the route.

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According to him, operational equipment are also being deployed and they include: patrol vehicles, advance life support ambulances, heavy duty tow trucks, medium and light duty tow trucks.

“Patrol motor bikes, extricating machines, reflective jackets, traffic cones, patrolites and radar guns. Others are Breathalyzers, Cameras, E-tablets, Alcoholisers, Walkie Talkies, CUGs and Tyre pressure gauges, ” he said.

Kazeem said that the Corps had invested in advanced Information and Communication Technology to beef up its operations in addition to the deployment of the above operational tools.

This he said were in the quest for improved service delivery and effective Patrol Operations.

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“The new technology which include body cameras and vehicle cameras which have been fully deployed shall be used for Patrol Operations.

“It will also be for surveillance and traffic monitoring, rescue operations, and real time information gathering for decision making, ” he added.

The CPEO who noted that the operation had already begun revealed that it would end by Jan. 15, 2022.

He highlighted the objectives of the operation as reduction of road traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries; ensure travelers comply with COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021.

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“Prompt response to road crash victims; Removal of obstructions; Ensure free flow of traffic; engage in aggressive Public Education; and provision of travel advisories.

“The target enforcement which the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed all operatives to address are not limited to excessive speeding, dangerous driving and overtaking,

“Also tyre violation, lane indiscipline, road obstructions, use of phone while driving, overloading, seatbelts violation, child safety, passenger manifest violation, mechanically deficient vehicles, and vehicles conveying unlatched containers, ” he said.

Kazeem stated that the Corps Marshal who believed that a crash free celebration was possible had equally tasked all senior Officers in FRSC Academy and FRSC Training Schools.

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This also included those at the National Headquarters who were also deployed to different parts of the country to pick up the slacks to ensure the mandate of the Corps for safe travels is achieved.

Kazeem quoted the Corps Marshal as directing the Mobile Courts to sit throughout the Operation across the Nation and that all Commands must remain on alert after Jan. 15, 2022 to have a near crash free 2022, where possible.

In line with the foregoing, the special patrol is to run in shifts as follows 0600hrs – 1400hrs, 1400HRS – 2000hrs, 2000hrs – 2200hrs, and Night Rescue teams to be on standby at all operational Commands.

“The Corps will go into the exercise in collaboration with Special Marshals, Military Units en-route or resident, The Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Security.

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“Also state owned/NGO’s Ambulance service providers, National Network on Emergency Rescue Services (NNERS) and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), ” he said.

Kazeem urged the officers and men to show special consideration and attention to road users in line with the Corps’ service orientation.

He further called on Nigerians to cooperate with law enforcement agents and ensure maximum compliance with all directives on restrictions and physical distancing.

He also stated that the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM would continue to operate 24/7 to give real time traffic update.

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He called on all travelers to take advantage of the Station, Situation Office numbers: 07054005754, 07054005712 08056294021/08056295022.

“And the FRSC Toll Free numbers 122 to report any obstruction, crash or gridlock witnessed on the road for prompt intervention of the nearest Command,” he said.

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Sanwo-Olu suspends NURTW operations in Lagos Island over recent clash

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The government of Lagos state has suspended operations of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos Island over the recent clashes recorded in the area.

This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by media aide to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat.

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Gawat said the decision to suspend the union activities was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting attended by the NURTW, Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya oloja general and iya oloja of Lagos Island).

Recall that there was a report on how factions of the union clashed over the control of motor parks in the area last week Thursday, leaving one person dead and several people injured.

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The police command in the state on Monday arrested two principal suspects – Adekunle Lawal alias Kunle Poly, and Mustapha Adekunle, popularly known as Sego.

Lawal is the Lagos Island branch chairman of the NURTW, while Adekunle is the treasurer of the state council of the union.

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According to the statement, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, special adviser to the governor on transportation, said the ban is to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota axis of the state.

Fayinka said operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will be stationed at strategic positions to ensure compliance with the ban and avoid further breakdown of peace.

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“Lagos State Govt has suspended the operations of the Transport Union (NURTW) in Lagos Island, particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state,” the statement reads.

“Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.

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“Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.

“Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (korope).”

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the union has apologised to Sanwo-Olu over the incident and disassociated itself from the chaos.

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Tajudeen Baruwa, NURTW president, said the union is in support of the ongoing probe into the matter and that any of its members found wanting will be punished.

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ASUU gives N800, 000 bursary to Kaduna State University undergraduates  

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) chapter, Tuesday presented cheques of N100, 000 each to eight undergraduates of the institution.

KASU Chairman, Peter Adamu, at the presentation event said the union placed priority on education and human capacity development of youth.

He said the gesture would enable the beneficiaries pursue their studies without hitches.

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The chairman called on indigent students to apply for scholarships whenever there were such opportunities.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose intended.

Shu’aibu Simon, a 400 level student of Pharmacy, who spoke on behalf other beneficiaries, thanked ASUU, assuring it that the money would be utilized judiciously.

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