The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned that any person caught crossing the road without using pedestrian bridge in the FCT will be arrested, prosecuted and possibly jailed for three months.
Speaking at the 2015 Nigerian Breweries/ Federal Road Safety Corps; ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ road safety campaign held in Abuja few days ago, the FCT corps commander, Sunday Oghenekaro said sub-regulations (10) and (11) of the National Road Traffic Regulation (NRTR) 2012 empowers the corps to arrest any defaulter of the pedestrian bridge and such person is liable on conviction to a fine of N2000.00 or to a term of three months imprisonment or both.
The corps commander also noted that it is unwise and unsafe to combine alcohol with driving, warning against driving under influence as it is unsafe, affects the vision, judgement, reduces coordination and slows down reactions.
Ahead of the festive season and the travelling that is involved, corps commander Oghenekaro warned drivers against overloading, dangerous overtaking, distracted driving (making or receiving calls) and excessive speeding, as anyone caught violating these rules will be prosecuted accordingly.
While speaking on the repeated sponsoring of the programme, the representative of the Nigerian Breweries, Vivian Ikem noted that though the firm produces alcoholic drinks, it values the lives of its customers to that of the profits of the shareholders.
Just about few weeks ago the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) proved its worth as a leading public institution with the most robust use of technology in Nigeria, as it carted away two distinctive awards at the recently concluded NigerianTechnology Awards (NITA) held in Lagos. The FRSC got the Best use of technology award in government category, while its innovativeness in the new driver’s licence got it the Award of Technology Project of the Year 2015 also in government category.
According to Bisi Kazeem, Head of Media Relations and Strategy FRSC, these two Awards made the FRSC a clear leader in the use of technology tools among government owned agencies in the country. According to the organisers of the event, the Nigeria Technology Awards is organised to recognise and reward technology entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, academicians and policy makers (Government) in Nigeria. It further stated that the award is aimed at building a large scale and internationally recognised technology awards in Nigeria. “The objective of the Award is to promote and commend excellence achievements to which Nigeria technology professionals and organisations contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, and to encourage local practitioners to develop innovative and creative technology solutions, which will uplift the image of Nigeria both locally and internationally,” it stated.
The Awards which were in five categories of Technology best; Technology Services/Business; Telecom; Banking and Government, saw FRSC carting away prime positions in two of the five categories, which proved its distinctive use of technology among government institutions in the country. “This is a reward for excellence and sustained investments in the use of technology by an organisation that has continued to distinguish itself in using technology to tackle its traffic management challenges in the country,” one of the organisers noted.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi while reacting to the wave of awards coming on the way of the FRSC in the recent technology competitions held across the country, expressed satisfaction with the development, saying the recognitions represent the realities of what is happening in the Corps in its determination to use technology to resolve some of the traffic management challenges facing the country. According to him, FRSC was built on modernist values that laid solid foundation for its sustained technology-based solutions. “We have about 500 V-sats located in our commands across the country, all of which are linked to the National Headquarters at Abuja to give our daily operations real time advantage,” he stated. “By that number, it is evident that FRSC has one of the largest V-sat commotions amongst all the government agencies in the country, and that gives us the capacity to monitor our daily field operations, rescue exercises and ensure prompt response to emergencies within 15 to 20 minutes response time as the case may be. “Today, our Call Centre operates on 24 hourly basis, while our patrol cars, tow trucks and ambulances are tracked on our dashboard. These make it possible for our operators to look at the nearest patrol vehicles to any reported crash scenes, congestion or other emergencies in any part of the country through our national emergency line: 122,” he further stated.
“The same thing applies to the innovations we have introduced in the new driver’s licence, which make it impossible for the licences to be either forged or duplicated, as the printing of the permanent copies of all the licences are gated in such a way that it prevents duplicity and ensure authenticity of the biometric data of the holders,” Oyeyemi added.
The Corps Marshal further reiterated the commitment of his Management to greater investments in information and communication technology, saying that is where the world is going, and FRSC cannot afford to be left behind.
In his remarks at the occasion, the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Mr Sunday Afolayan urged parents to teach their wards the tight way in view of the fact that the world is drifting towards the corridor of technology, saying technology has come to stay.
The Corps Marshal was represented at the occasion by the Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Zone 2 Lagos, Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Charles Akpabio.
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