In view of the lockdown order and social distancing enforcement, Corps Marshal , Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has charged officers of the FRSC to brace up to the present realities as records has shown a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Oyeyemi warned that extra energy and commitment must be deployed to ensure that Nigerians are made to see reasons to comply with the presidential task force and NCDC directives, with particular emphasis on social distancing in the vehicle , restriction of movement where applicable and the latest directive on ban on interstate travels and curfew.
In a statement by Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, Oyeyemi, has held an extraordinary virtual strategy meeting with FRSC top management team and the 12 Zonal Commanding Officers across the country, to review the general performance of the Corps in the ongoing enforcement of the social distancing directives and the national quarantine order that have been in place for more than 4 weeks now.
The Corp Marshal revealed that the teleconference meeting which was held on Monday, 27 focussed exclusively on reviewing the operational performance of the Corps, with a view of identifying underlying challenges encountered in the course of the ongoing lockdown enforcement in order to re-strategise on more effective, efficient and result yielding operational tactics that could enhance the general performance of the Corps and facilitate compliance on the part of the people.
Speaking further, the spokesperson said that the Zonal Commanding Officers explained that the enforcement so far has been utterly successful, but not without challenges, as there were cases of citizens defying both the social distancing in vehicles and the national quarantine order without any justifiable reasons.
Other challenges encountered, according to him, include excessive overloading of vehicles both with persons and goods, especially the transporters who convey food produce from the farm or market places to consumers, production plants and other places where they may be needed.
He said they also identified excessive speed, as majority of the drivers most often take undue advantage of the low traffic density to abuse the legal speed limit, an act which is very dangerous and could lead to avoidable crashes with attendant loss of lives and damage to properties.
The Zonal Commanding Officers applauded the Corps Marshal and Management of the Corps for the proactive measures put in place by the Corps to halt the spread of the virus, as manifest in the prompt provision of Personal Protective Equipments like the facemasks,, alcohol based sanitizers , soap, hand gloves etc to operatives who are at the fore front of the enforcement.