By Kabir Muhammad
Abuja – The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello has commended Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for living up to its mandate by ensuring proper traffic management and safety on the nation’s roads.
He made the commendation at the opening ceremony of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of FRSC on Monday in Abuja.
Bello, who was represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Christian Oha, said the corps had grown to stamp its presence on Nigerian roads and traffic landscape.
He said that with the coming on board of the agency, incidences of crashes and deaths associated with road mishaps had been on downward trend.
The minister added that “it is, therefore, gratifying to note that 30 years after its establishment, FRSC has worked to significantly restore sanity on our roads.
“Similarly, traffic crashes and deaths as a result of road accidents have continued to reduce, following remedial measures adopted by the corps.”
The minister pointed out that the administration and residents of the territory had benefitted immensely from the various initiatives of the corps.
He said “the FCT Administration has indeed benefitted from the various initiatives of the FRSC. We are glad that your activities have impacted positively on safe driving culture of residents.
“We really recognise the decreasing rate of reckless driving on FCT roads.”
He assured the agency of sustained partnership in the discharge of its responsibilities.
Bello said arrangements were on by the FCT Administration to re-invigorate the temporarily suspended administration’s electronic vehicle testing scheme, improved licencing system and also stem the menace of disorderliness on some roads in the territory.
“On this note, I wish to assure you of our sustained partnership toward effective discharge of your mandate. The FCT Administration is re-enforcing its electronic vehicle testing scheme,’’ he added.
Earlier, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the agency planned to acquire 1,200 patrol vehicles in the next few years.
He explained that the corps was working toward complementing the efforts of states to have
functional traffic management agencies. (NAN)