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Yuletide: Ondo, Osun FRSC deploy 1,720 officers

By Tola Gbadamosi
& Fisayo Akinduro


In its determination to minimise the risk of deaths caused by Road Traffic Crashes (RTC), especially during the yuletide season, the Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has deployed no fewer than 670 personnel to ensure travellers’ safety.

The State Sector Commander of the Corps, Mr Ezekiel Sonallah disclosed this while speaking with The Hope Metro over the weekend.

He said the campaign was an extension of the 2021 ‘Ember’ Months’ safety rally.

According to him, “In our bid to key into the Corps corporate strategic goals to minimise the risks of death in RTC, the Info Command RS 11.2 has deployed 670 Regular Officers to ensure our road commuters maintain their lanes while traveling during the festive season.

“This is an extension of the official flag- off and the theme is ‘Maintain safe speed, avoid night travels and enjoy quality road experience”.

He urged members of the public to join hands in embracing the corps policies to enjoy safety on the roads by ensuring their vehicles are in good conditions at all times before embarking on any journey.

“There is need for everyone to support the campaign to reduce carnage on our roads.
“I urge the general public to cooperate with the corps in reducing RTC on our roads. A step in the habit of car maintenance is a great way to start”, he said.

He enjoined road users to always maintain safe speed and be conscious of other road users as well as obeying traffic rules.

He warned drivers against driving at high speed and cautioned them against driving while under alcoholic influence or when intoxicated.

Sonallah said any form of road accident can be easily avoided if only driver’s and all other road users exercise patience while on the road.

The Corps Commander expressed the command’s readiness to prevent road accident in every part of the state.

Also, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Osun State chapter said it planned to deploy 1,050 personnel in order to ensure a hitch free vehicular movement during and after the yuletide season.

The FRSC state Commander, Mr Paul Okpe, disclosed this at the 2021/2022 ember months and operation zero tolerance campaign in Osogbo.

Okpe said that about 750 regular officers and 300 special marshals would be deployed to strategic locations to prevent accidents.

“We intend to deploy our patrol vehicles and towing vans with capable hands to areas considered as black spots before, during and after the yuletide.

“The 2021 /2022 ember months and operation zero tolerance campaign is targeted at motorists using expired tyres leading to accidents and loss of lives and property,” he said.
The Sector Commander said that the Corps was moving across the state to sensitise road users on the danger associated with the use of expired tyres on highways.

Okpe called on stakeholders in the transportation sector to support the command towards actualising its goals of reducing road traffic crashes on the highways.

Meanwhile, the Commander, FRSC, Ore Unit, Mr Sikiru Alonge, has advised motorists to ensure that they put roadworthy vehicles whose headlamps, trafficators, rear lights, wipers and mirrors were working perfectly on the highways during the harmattan season.


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