In line with the Road Safety Component of the FRDP, RSDT provides support to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in respect of pilot safe corridor roads, capacity building & training of FRSC staff.
Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Works through the RSDT has distributed patrol vehicles and heavy duty tow trucks; patrol motorbikes; communication and safety equipment as well as procurement of consultancy services for capacity building and training program to the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in order to enhance road safety management and increase safety enforcement strategies.
In this regard, the Federal Government recently handed over 21 patrol vehicles and four heavy duty tow trucks to the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in addition to other vehicles and equipment earlier delivered to the corps in order to enhance road safety management and increase safety enforcement strategies.
During the official handing over ceremony of the vehicles at the Federal Ministry of Works headquarters, the Ministry of Works emphasized that the Federal Government’s determination in this regard cannot be compromised “because the lives of Nigerians using our road corridors are vital to the nation’s socio-economic renewal and indeed, national transformation”.
The Minister hinted that this gesture clearly underlines the Federal Road Development’s objectives of reducing fatalities on Nigerian roads by 50 per cent, in order to improve safety level along the Safe Road Corridors.
He recalled that the handing over of these vehicles “symbolizes, in a unique way, the Federal Government’s dedication to the task of exploring innovative and resourceful ways of funding the road safety intervention in the road sector”.
The Minister noted that the Patrol Vehicles which were equipped with required communication gadgets and operational tools will substantially improve safety enforcement strategies and enhance adequate and prompt accident recovery. He also informed the FRSC that the Federal Ministry of Works have awarded contracts for the supply of communication equipment and operational tools as well as the construction of eighteen (18) Emergency Ambulance points that would soon commence.
He further enjoined the Road Sector Development Team (RSDT), to rededicate itself to the task of ensuring that the vehicles, communication equipment and operational tools are properly used at the agreed locations”. He called on the FRSC to remember that Government accords great importance to their adequate maintenance and regular service so as to ensure their sustainability.
While receiving the vehicles and equipment, the Corps Marshal commended the Federal Ministry of Works for its determination to transform the Nigerian road sector and promised to utilize the vehicles as recommended.