DECADE OF ACTION
The mission of Safe Road in Nigeria is to reduce road crash deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020. Safe Road in Nigeria is a response to United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety. It is one of the initiatives of Federal Road Safety Commission of Nigeria to promote safety on our roads. For more information, visit www.decadeofaction.orgFact 1: Road crashes kill more than HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Fact 2: There’s someone you know who has been killed or injured in a crash. Fact 3: People are killed or injured in road crashes everyday. Fact 4: ALL road crashes can be prevented. Fact 5: Most crashes are caused by the driver’s behaviour and not always as a result of bad roads. Fact 6: The Idea of a “Safe Road” in Nigeria is more of changing our driving behaviour than advocating for good road infrastructure. Fact 7: We can reduce deaths and injuries due to crashes by 50% if we make a commitment to: not drink and drive, not over speed, wear seat belts and helmets, not use phone or eat while driving, obey traffic rules and tell people about Safe Road Nigeria.
SGF Appeals To State Governments To Set Up Model Driving Schools
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Gida Mustapha has urged the state governments to set up model driving schools in their states as an antidote to curbing cases of quackery in the driving school operation in the collective efforts to restore sanity to the nation’s roads. He gave the charge on Tuesday while declaring open the National Workshop for Driving School Operators in Nigeria at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.Represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office of the SGF, Olusegun Adekunle, he expressed dismay at the level of avoidable crashes caused by poorly trained drivers and enjoined stakeholders to join hands to sanitise the operation of driving schools in the country. He directed that henceforth, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) must ensure that it is only those that have been properly trained and appropriately certified that are allowed to drive on the nation’s roads. The SGF frowned at the ugly practices whereby some operators of driving schools would hack into FRSC’s portal with a view to accessing the certificates and sabotaging the licensing system of the country. This he said is unacceptable to the Federal Government and all security agencies must join hands to address the menace. Boss Mustapha mandated the FRSC Management to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to evolve measures that could address the malpractices, saying it they were capable of undermining the integrity of the licensing system. While commending FRSC for being proactive in matters of road safety, the SGF directed that all necessary measures be taken to ensure that the nation’s road is rid off crashes caused by poorly trained and unlicensed drivers. He urged all drivers including the private vehicles operators to install speed limiters in their vehicles as a means of addressing speed induced crashes. In his welcome address, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi stated that the policy of Driving School Standardisation Programme was evolved as part of Management’s resolve to address issues of standardisation in the operation of driving schools in the country. He noted that in the efforts to achieve the goals, state committee on driving schools are set up to deal with issues of monitoring and recommendation of the driving schools for accreditation to ensure that the highest standard is observed by all operators licensed to operate. The Corps Marshal further revealed that in the sustained efforts by the Corps to keep to the highest operational standards, a number of driving schools have been certified, suspended or denied accreditation. He commended Lagos and Bayelsa states for setting model driving schools in their states and encouraged other states to emulate the examples. The FRSC Boss promised that as a demonstration of his Management’s commitment to restoring sanity in the operations of the driving schools, FRSC will continue to monitor and sanction the defaulters. He noted that the workshop which had earlier been held in other geopolitical zones of the country including the South West, South East and South-South as well as parts of the Northern geopolitical zones was to bring the operators together to educate them on the prerequisites for setting up the school and sustaining the operating licences. He called for vigilance among the operators to deal with the challenges of quackery, vowing that appropriate measures would continue to be taken against illegal operators anywhere in the country. He commended members of the law enforcement agencies for rendering support to the Corps in its determination to maintain the standards of the driving schools. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babtunde Fashola who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Engineering in the Ministry, delivered the keynote address in which he applauded the FRSC for its road safety campaigns and called for sustained training of the operators of driving schools. There were goodwill messages by the Chief of Naval Staff, the President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Nazeem Usman Yasin and that of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Chief Musa Shehu Isiwele. Participants to the workshop were drawn from the North central states of Kogi, Kwara, Plateau, Nasarawa and Niger and attended by various stakeholders including law enforcement agencies.
Corps Marshal Restates Commitment To Improved Service Delivery In Driver’s Licence
Concerned with the need for improved efficiency in the production and distribution of the National Driver’s Licence (NDL), the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has directed heads of Sector Driver’s Licence Centres across the country to follow due process in their operations. He gave the directive on Wednesday while declaring open a one day workshop as part of the staff capacity development programme towards achieving efficiency in the production and distribution of the National Driver’s Licence. According to him, the workshop was particularly organised to improve the capacity of the Sector Heads of Driver’s Licence Centres in demonstration of Management’s commitment to protecting the integrity of the National Driver’s Licence system. The Corps Marshal expressed worry that despite the efficiency attained by the Corps whereby permanent driver’s licences can be produced less than sixty days after capturing by applicants, large number of unclaimed licences abound across the country.“For instance, a total of six hundred and ninety eight thousand, two hundred and fifty two (698,252) Driver’s Licences have been produced and dispatched nationwide from January to July this year, however, two hundred and nineteen thousand, two hundred and fifty two (219,252) have remained unclaimed till date,” he stated. Oyeyemi further stressed that such large number of unclaimed licences could undermine the gains of the reform through the efficiency attained in the system. He therefore directed the Sector Heads of Driver’s Licence Centres to come up with initiatives that could assist in prompt distribution of the permanent licences to the applicants, adding that contact has been made with the state governments through the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to address the challenge. The FRSC Boss also frowned at some reported cases of extortion, touting and marketing of the driving school certificates at some centres, warning that such acts would not be tolerated and perpetrators would face severe punishment. “Moreover, there is near collapse of command and control in some Driver’s Licence Centres across the commands. All these negative vices must stop forthwith, as punitive measures would be taken against perpetrators, “he stated. The Corps Marshal enjoined the Heads of the Driver’s Licence Centres to address issues of quality service delivery as provided for in the Presidential directive on Ease of Doing Business. These includes initiatives to assist Motor Licensing Authorities (MLAs) of the states to distribute the unclaimed Driver’s Licences and rendering weekly report of the total number of driver’s licences dispatched to applicants to the FRSC National Headquarters, Abuja. “Driver’s Licence Centres are to shun all forms of compromises and avoid collusion with driving school operators in the issuance of the driving school certificates,” he stated. The one day workshop which had as its theme: “National Driver’s Licence: Improving Service Delivery Through Transparency and Efficiency in Business Environment,” was attended by the Sector Heads of Driver’s Licence Centres from the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT. Papers on various topics were presented by Resource persons on issues of efficiency and improved service delivery including that presented by Resource Person from the Service Compact With All Nigerians (SERVICOM).
Federal Mortgage Bank Of Nigeria Applauds FRSC On Efficient Transactions
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Architect Ahmed Musa Dangiwa has applauded the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), for sustaining efficiency and non indebtedness in its transactions with the Bank, appointing the Corps Marshal as the Ambassador of the National Housing Fund (NHF). He disclosed this on Thursday, while receiving the Corps Marshal and members of the FRSC Staff Housing Cooperative at the FMBN Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.According to Architect Dangiwa, FRSC is a shining example of the success story of the Bank’s relationship with its strategic stakeholders and called on others to emulate the Corps. He further disclosed that so far, one billion, two hundred and forty million, four hundred and ninety one thousand, one hundred and sixty naira (1,240, 491, 160) mortgages have been disbursed to two hundred and twenty two (222) personnel of the Corps, while a Home Renovation Loan of 5 hundred and forty five million, seven hundred and ninety thousand naira (N545, 790,000) was equally disbursed to five hundred and seventy five (575) personnel of the Corps. He stressed that in all the transactions with the Bank, FRSC consistently made repayments without any case of indebtedness recorded against it. This he said has made the Corps an outstanding stakeholder in the Bank’s commitment to making houses affordable to personnel in public service. The Managing Director further stated that in the Bank’s commitment to reciprocating FRSC’s good business sense, the sum of six hundred and twenty million naira (N620,000,000) is being processed as Home Renovation Loan to be disbursed to the staff of the Corps. He further disclosed that as part of the public demonstration of the Bank’s appreciation of the efficiency and trustworthiness demonstrated by the FRSC, the investiture of the Corps Marshal as the Ambassador of NHF will take place very soon and would coincide with the disbursement of the Home Renovation Loan being processed to the beneficiaries. While commending the Corps Marshal for taking issues of staff welfare as demonstrated through his commitment to staff house ownership seriously, Architect Dangiwa gave assurance that in the various housing projects being undertaken by the Bank across the country, personnel of the Corps will be taken into consideration. Earlier in his opening remarks, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi paid glowing tributes to the past Managements of the Bank for sustaining cordial relationship between the FRSC and the Bank, saying he is committed to improving on the existing relationship. He stressed the importance of shelter in his evaluation of staff welfare scheme, noting that his choice of staff house ownership scheme as the cornerstone of his welfare programme was borne out of his realization of the need for every staff to be well accommodated preparatory to their retirement from service. This he said informed his launch of “one man, one House” scheme and the staff Post Service Scheme being operated by the Corps. The FRSC Boss described the post service scheme as a success story and commended the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for providing opportunity for public servants to own affordable houses through its house ownership scheme spread across the country. He gave assurance that FRSC will continue to key into the various housing schemes of the Bank to ensure that every staff derives the best from them, adding that the Corps will continue to honour its obligations to the Bank diligently by ensuring timely repayments in line with agreements reached. Building on the success story of the partnership with the Bank, the Corps Marshal specially requested the Bank to process the outstanding mortgages on Estate Development Loan, 182 affordable housing schemes at Luvu Village, Masaka in Nasarawa state and to consider FRSC in the Federal Government Projects across the country with request to grant Housing Cooperative Loan to the FRSC Housing Cooperative. The Corps Marshal expressed delight at the Management of the Bank for giving consideration to staff on the lower ranks who he described, as his foot soldiers, to make them beneficiaries of the bank’s facilities and looks forward to sustained partnership.
1). List of Accredited Driving Schools Arranged by States :https://frsc.gov.ng/accredited-driving-schools/2). NIMC Pre-Enrolment Portal : http://penrol.nimc.gov.ng/loginForm.tpl.html.php SOURCE: http://frsc.gov.ng