By Muftau Ogunyemi
Akure – A university lecturer, Mr Anthony Akapa, on Thursday advised the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to partner with the media for effective public enlightenment and sensitisation.
Akapa, a Senior Lecturer of Mass Communication at Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun, gave the advice at the 2017 3rd Quarters Retreat in Akure organised by Ondo State Command of FRSC.
He spoke as the guest lecturer at the retreat entitled: “Public Education: A Veritable Tool in Archiving the Corps Mandate”.
According to him, FRSC needs to be proactive by introducing policies that can checkmate activities of motorists and manage the public expectations.
“In its efforts to be proactive, FRSC must put effective programmes in place with a view to reaching out to the public.
“The only way to achieve this and its other mandate is to link up with the media in the area of awareness campaigns and sensitisation of the public
“Partnership with the media will drastically reduce carnage on our roads and it will also help to manage public expectations from the corps,” he said.
Akapa also charged FRSC officials and personnel to be more dedicated to their duties and avoid acts capable of destroying the image of the corps.
Also, Mr Agustine Aipoh, the Zonal Commander in charge of Osun, Ondo and Oyo, explained that the workshop was to educate and enlighten men of the corps on their relationship with the public.
“The idea is to continue to improve on various means and methods of reaching members of the public; for every organisation to succeed, it must have guidelines.
“We have an operational guideline which we review periodically to accommodate new developments or updates.
“This is why we also have stiff sanctions against anybody that violates the operational guidelines,” Aipoh said.
He said that FRSC had been engaging its staff in various conferences, seminars, training and workshops to update their knowledge on public expectations from them.
In his remarks, Mr Vincent MT Jack, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, said that the retreat was to give men of the corps brotherly perspective on issues at public domain.
“The retreat will also help to open up the space to know the issues that basically lead to clashes within our men and motorists.
“Public enlightenment will assist the Corps to do its job better and there will be no crisis in the cause of doing our assignment,” he said.