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FRSC advices women against breastfeeding while driving

By Balogun Alabi,

The Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), has advised women not to breastfeed while driving, but instead advice such lady to pull-off the road and take care of the toddler properly.

It explained that breastfeeding while driving could lead to fatal accidents, which in turn would lead to loss of life or severe injury.

The FRSC stressed further that young girls should also desist from makeup while driving, noting that the act which was common among women, makes a driver lose concentration while driving.

While making the advice through its social media page on Thursday, the commission, also warned against texting while driving, especially surfing social media pages, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other social apps could be suspended till journey was concluded.

The corps stressed that pregnant women should endeavor to use seatbelt in a most convenient way, as pregnancies was not an excuse not to use seatbelt.

According to the agency, tieing headgear, adjusting dresses and jewelry, could also make a driver lose concentration while on wheels.

The corps however urged motorists to avoid thinking of pending domestic issues and other considered important unsettled issues when driving.

FRSC dismisses recruitment exercise report, advises public against extortion

By Balogun Rilwan,

The Federal Road safety Commission (FRSC) has dismissed reports claiming that the corps was currently undergoing recruitment exercise, noting that the false advert by unknown persons were malicious and intended to extort members of public.

FRSC explained that it noticed that some online websites were currently advertising application forms for vacant positions into the commission, indicating that the form was to defraud unsuspecting members of public.

It warned that the corps was not responsible for such adverts, and disclaimed liability for any form of extortion arising from the malicious advert.

The FRSC through its social media page on Monday, noted that the commission would not be responsible for any information contained in websites found guilty.

However, the corps implored public to be patient and avoid making desperate steps, assuring that any recruitment exercise organized by the Federal Government would be published through national dailies across the country.

“Any recruitment exercise organized by the Federal Government through the Corps will be published in the National Dailies, the website (www.frsc.gov.ng) and on all FRSC social media platforms,” it said.

FRSC to detect drunk drivers through breathalyzer test

By Balogun Alabi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bayelsa command, has disclosed that it had procured breathalyzers, which will be used to detect drunk motorist, in order to safe guard lives and properties of road users.

It said that that any person driving under the influence of alcohol will be arrested and prosecuted, especially during the ember months.

While speaking with The Guild, The State FRSC Sector Commander, Ikechukwu Igwe, noted that speed limit and over-loading violation are some of the major causes of fatal accidents on the highways.

According to him, the command recorded only eight road crashes between September and October.

He explained that out of the eight crashes, three were fatal while five were serious.

“The fatal crashes were those that involved loss of lives while the serious were those that have injuries.

“Though, we thank God, the incidence of crashes has reduced in the state; I must tell you that, so far in the month of November, no accident has been recorded.

“Yes, we attribute the reduction in road traffic crash to the corps’ improved operations and enforcement of speed limiting device,” he said.

The commander, however commended the activities marking the Africa Road Safety World Day of remembrance for Road Traffic Victim, saying it was strategic to sensitize the general public on the need for safer road.

FRSC warns motorists against reckless driving in Bauchi

By Balogun Alabi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bauchi command, has warned motorists against driving recklessly on road above 100 kilometer per hour, saying over speeding were cause of fatal accident.

It said that there was need for drivers to be cautious of speed limit, just as he indicated that speeding above 100 kilometre per hours could lead to unforeseen accident.

At launching of 2017 end-of-year operation zero tolerance for accident, themed `Right to Life on Highways Not Negotiable, the command maintained that the warning was necessary so as to caution motorists who were in habit of over speeding.

According to it, the exercise came with lectures for motorists, to ensure that all road regulations were obeyed, especially during the festive season.

The Head Operation, FRSC, Bauchi command, Paul Guar, hinted that officers had been deployed within the state to ensure the safety of passengers.

Guar noted that the FRSC would not tolerate any recklessness on the roads and therefore, warned motorists to maintain speed limit, noting that speed is the cause of most accidents.

“Even if there will be an accident, it will not be fatal or very serious because the driver can control the car at that speed,” Guar said’.

He implored motorists to attend approved driving schools in order to obtain genuine driving licence.

The FRSC boss however, commended the management of Yankari Transport Corporation for procuring speed limiter device for their vehicles.

He further encouraged motorists, especially commercial vehicles, to emulate such action for the safety of the people.

Kaduna FRSC rescues 44 teenagers from traffickers

By Newsdesk

The Kaduna State Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has rescued no fewer than 44 teenagers after intercepting two suspected human traffickers during vehicle inspection exercise.

FRSC patrol team led by Assistant Route Commander, Audu Usman, arrested the suspects when a member of the team stopped a Fiat Bus (J5) with number plate XC 532 ZAR for overloading.

Among the two suspects was Dauda Ezekiel an indigene of the state, who claimed that he was hired to transport the occupant to an unidentified location.

But the other suspect failed to corroborate Ezeniel’s claim, noting that they were going for a church programme.

The Sector Commander, Umar Ibrahim, told newsmen that in Kaduna on Thursday, said that difference in statement made the FRSC officials to become curious of the suspects.

According to him, our men became suspicious and immediately impounded the vehicle and booked the driver for overloading and speed limit device violation along Kaduna – Zaria Expressway.

“Our patrol men along Kaduna – Zaria expressway, around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, stopped a white and blue colour fiat bus popularly known as J5 for overloading.

“On checking to see what the bus was loaded with, our men discovered it was stuffed with 44 minors and one other adult,” Ibrahim added.

The sector commander hinted that after the arrest, he has alerted the state commissioner of Police, and handed over the vehicle and the suspects for further investigation.

FRSC returns N159, 500 recovered from accident scene to owners

By NewsDesk

About N159, 500 of the N278, 500, recovered from an accident scene in Ogun State by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has been returned to the owners, survivors and relatives of the deceased passengers.

The recipients of the cash recovered by FRSC at the accident scene were Samuel Adeyemo, Oladipupo Folami and the bus driver, Babatunde Olawale.

FRSC assured relatives and survivors of the accident that it would disburse the remaining fund to the remaining claimants after it would have completed its due diligence on their identities.

The FRSC, Unit Commander, Sagamu Ogun State, Mohammed Abdullahi, said that it handed over the amount to the survivors and relatives of the deceased after they had presented police reports and court affidavits to back their claims.

According to Abdullahi on Thursday, the money was recovered on seven days ago from the scene of an accident at Kajola town along the Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway.

Abdullahi hinted that the accident involved a red Mack Tipper with number plate LND 564 XR and a Mazda bus, TRE 556 XA, which claimed lives of 10 passengers on board.

Meanwhile, the Commander explained that the deceased passengers were made up of four males and six females, which also included a child, adding that five male and two female passengers who sustained various degrees of injury were taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu for treatment.

“The bus was parked by the road side when the tipper came crashing into it crushing all the occupants. It was gathered that the Mazda bus travelling to Ago-Iwoye from Ota, stopped at Kajola for some of its passengers to relieve themselves.

“Suddenly; the truck lost control, veered into where the bus was parked and fell on it. Those with injuries were fortunate not to be inside the bus when it happened; else they would have lost their lives too,” he added.

Meanwhile, the commander has advised commuters to always be conscious of their environment while in transit, especially, when parked along the roads, adding that drivers and passengers should always be vigilant while on the road.

However, the state FRSC Sector, Commander, Clement Oladele, has appealed to truck owners to check the spate of crashes involving trucks.

Oladele made the appeal in a meeting with the executive members of the Truck Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), Ogun Chapter.

He stated that truck owners should always ensure a proper registration of their trucks, adding that they must try to ensure always that their trucks are captured under the FRSC Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme (RTSSS) and install speed limiters on them.

The commander further advised truck owners to ensure that they also carried out comprehensive training for their truck drivers, while expressing the readiness of the commission to collaborate with the transporters to avert carnage in the state.

FRSC urges road users to use pedestrian bridge

By NewsDesk

The general public, especially the road users, have been urged by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), to make use of pedestrian bridges or apply other safety measures while crossing the highways.

Federal Road Safety Commission, Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the advice in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, in Abuja.

According to Oyeyemi, vulnerable road users contributed to road traffic crashes by not observing road traffic rules adding that some pedestrians walk or run across the road without looking out for vehicles.

He said that 87 per cent of road traffic crashes were caused by human error or negligence while equipment failure and bad roads account for the rest.

The FRSC Marshal, therefore, urged road users to walk on the road facing oncoming traffic; look left, right and left again before crossing the road and obey traffic lights and signals.

He advised them to cross the highway, which has zebra crossing or pedestrian bridge, adding that riders should wear smart bright coloured clothing, avoid flowing and flimsy garments, fancy boots, slippers and thin gloves.

“They should not carry more than one passenger; and should not squeeze between vehicles. Children under the ages 1 to 12 should not seat in front of vehicles and use child locks were available. It is against the law to transport anybody at the back of pickup vans,’’ he said.

The FRSC boss advised road users not to be nonchalant about the condition of the vehicle they were about to travel in.

“Avoid distraction of the driver with argumentative discussions; discourage speeding, wrongful over taking, reckless driving and other dangerous practices,” he added.

“Shun over loading of any sort; use seat belt; discourage the use of phone while driving and pay proper attention to the condition of the Tyres on the vehicles you board. In the event that the driver is stubborn use the feedback mechanism of the company if any, or report him to the nearest law enforcement agents; these are preventive measures against road traffic crashes,’’the FRSC boss said.

FRSC declares war against unlatched containers

By Newsdesk

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday expressed worry over increasing numbers of road accidents and lives of innocent citizens that unlatched containers has claimed on various routes across the country.

It however maintained that it has commenced full enforcement and arrest of any unlatched container on the roads.

FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer for Ogun and Lagos, Shehu Zaki, told newsmen during routine patrol of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway that the patrol was targeted at trucks carrying unlatched containers.

According to him, the penalty for trucks carrying unlatched containers was N250.

“This exercise, as you have seen, is designed to target trucks that are carrying containers that are not latched to the vehicles. On Wednesday April 5 alone, we recorded more than five crash sites arising from fallen containers, killing people and causing obstructions.

Our major concern is to prevent the trailers and flat belt containers from falling unnecessarily. Enforcement is supposed to be a deterrent, so, if you don’t want to be penalised, do not disobey the traffic rules and regulations’’.

Zaki said that the enforcement would also focus on quality of tyres of trailers, trucks and other articulated vehicles.

The FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, had early this month said that the corps has resumed full enforcement on containers that were not properly latched to their vehicles.

FG steps up fight against illegal drivers’ license, International passports issuance

By Newsdesk

The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), has concluded plans to tackle illegal issuance of drivers’ license, international passports and NAFDAC registration in the country.

The Director-General, BPSR, Dr. Joe Abbah, who disclosed the plans to tackle the menace on Monday in Abuja, said that the agency would embark on tracking to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.

Abbah added that the tracking would afford Nigerians to understand the actual prices of the services and commodities, saying, they will be enlightened on how to follow the due process in acquiring these documents to make sure officials do not take undue advantage of their ignorant.

The Director-General announced that the official price for renewing a three-year driver’s license was N6,350 while that of five years was N10,450.

“We have been working with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Immigration Service (NIS) the National Management Identity Management Commission (NIMC), National Agency for Food and Drug Control (NAFDAC) and other agencies to track their license processes.

“We are now having the actual prices of the drivers’ licence posted at all licence processing centres. It is also available on the website of the FRSC to make sure officers do not take undue advantage of ignorant Nigerians.

“But for new, drivers they need to make some extra payment and take lessons and all these attract separate fees, also depending on the states, some state governments also still charge extra levies,” he added.

Abbah explained that the agency has initiated work on the international passport, revealing that the cost of a 32 page passport is N15,000 and a 64-page passport goes for N20,000.

“We want to make it difficult for officers to abuse the system and that is by using technology and bypassing human interaction also providing opportunity for citizens to blow the whistle whenever they are being exploited,’’ he said.

The Director-General added that the organisation would also ensure that the time frame for obtaining permanent driver’s license after being issued with the temporary one will not be more than two months.

On the planned sensitization of Nigerians, Abbah said they were collaborating with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for wider spread of the message since they have the structure.

According to him, phone numbers are being placed at the various licensing centres for processing so that Nigerians can call if anybody tries to extort more money from them than they need to.

The director-general stressed the need to create awareness on these processes particularly that of NAFDAC, International Passport and others to enable the public identify when things are being done wrongly.

“We are basically tracking the process for obtaining a NAFDAC licence because people sometimes submit 100 samples to get one tested for approval so we want to check this and ensure the process is transparent. Also we are working on the process of seeing a doctor in a government hospital because that clarity of process is not there, you go to the hospital and you are not sure if you will see a doctor or not.

“Effective service delivery can be best achieved by focusing first on the customer because you could actually get efficient service delivery at doing the wrong thing. That’s why in our own case we ask questions to find out what areas they are having challenges, public service delivery should be designed around the needs of the customer,” Abbah said.

FRSC impounds 238 vehicles over speed limiter’s non compliance

By Newsdesk

In a move to enforce speed limiter’s devices on motorist, Bauchi State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has impounded 238 vehicles from February 1 to March 5, over failure to install the device.

The state Sector Commander, Abdulrazak Najume, told journalists in Bauchi on Monday that the corps would not relent in enforcing the directive.

He noted that the FRSC had held meetings with the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to ensure its members’ compliance.

“We have several talks with the leadership of the NURTW on how to go about installing the device and to link drivers with vendors that will do the installation for them.

“Installation of speed limiter is a very serious issue because most commercial drivers are reckless and kill passengers. I have told them to shun all rumours on the device; the leadership of the union alleged that the device was affecting their car engines.

“We have sensitised drivers and held meetings with them and the vendors,” he said.

The sector commander also urged the Bauchi State Government to support FRSC activities to save lives and property in the state

The Chairman, NURTW, Bauchi State Chapter, Adamu Sule, said that the union was planning to get the device for its members.

He said that many drivers would not be able to purchase the device individually as it could cost about N40,000.

“The problem is that people are afraid of installing the device because the vendors have no office in the state. What happens if the device develops a problem,” he asked.