By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Worried by high rate of road crashes and the attendant carnage, the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi has appealed to Nigerians to be part of efforts to rid the nation’s highways of carnage.
Oyeyemi who made the the plea in Lokoja at the opening of the 2017 sectoral workshop of the Kogi State Special Marshal Unit on Tuesday, said that there was urgent need for the civil society , corporate bodies and individuals to show more concern for safety on the roads.
The corps Marshall who was represented at the event by the the state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Segun Martins also appealed to motorists to avoid speeding , overloading and observe other safety rules to reduce crashes.
He said that theme of the workshop which is “Life is a right and not a privilege” was appropriate, calling on passengers to report any erring driver to the nearest FRSC office.
The Secretary to the Kogi State Government , Mrs Folashade Ayoade in her speech commended the special marshals for the good job they have been doing in the state but pleaded with them to put in more efforts.
Ayoade decried the high rate of crash on Okene -Lokoja–Abuja road, urging the FRSC to arrest the situation.
The SSG who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special duty, Mr Chris Ali , urged the FRSC to continue to enforce the use of seat belt and other safety rules to reduce crashes on the roads.
The Chairman, Special Marshal Unit, Kogi State, Mr Henry Adeyemi, earlier in his welcome remarks charged the leadership of the FRSC on the need to provide his members kits and means of identification.
He said that efforts were on extend the services of the unit to other major towns in the state and appealed to motorists to drive with caution this ember months period.
Highlight of the event was the decoration of a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr UMAR Ahmed Imam, the Administrator of Lokoja Local Government, Mr Shiru Lawal and the Anglican Bishop of Ijumu Diocese, Dr Ezekiel Ikupolati as Special marshals.