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FRSC explains handicap in curbing roads accidents in Edo

Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi
Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi

AGENE GODWIN, Benin

THE Edo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has attributed the delay in evacuation of crashed lorries and heavy duty vehicles from accident scenes on the highways in the state to lack of effective logistics.

The state sector commander, Mr Familoni Oluwasusi who made this disclosure, during an advocacy visit to members of hoteliers association in Benin City, the Edo state capital, assured that ‘the command is still alive to its statutory duties of prevention and rescue of accident victims in record times.’

But he lamented lack of effective logistics has continued to be the bane of the command’s easy evacuation of crashed vehicles from accident scenes.

According to him, “FRSC has never and will never abdicate its statutory responsibilities  as officers, marshals and Special Marshals are regularly seen on patrol ensuring safer roads.

He said: “Of course the only challenge now is that we presently lack heavy duty tolling truck to easily evacuate crashed heavy duty trucks from accident scenes.

“We lost the only one donated by the World Bank worth N110 million to fire when a reckless tanker driver crashed into a rescue operation at the Ovia River early this year,’’

The FRSC commander therefore appealed to road users to be safety cautious at all times to reduce incidences of crashes on our roads. While he said accident cases are attributable to unforeseen circumstances after even taking precautionary measures,“ crashes are results of preventable human errors on the roads.

“The command is therefore taking necessary steps at collaborating with stakeholders like your associations in its determined efforts at reducing crashes to the barest minimum on our roads,’’ he said.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of colourfully designed fliers with safety tips, which he urged the hotel owners to place in rooms and strategic places in their hotel premises for their guests.

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