Senate decries killing of FRSC personnel on patrol

As corps generates N1.6 bn

THE senate has condemned the rising cases of some officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),who were  being  killed by hit-and-run drivers during their legitimate duties on highways in the country.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Tijani Kaura, expressed the concern of the senate when he led the committee on oversight functions  on a  visit  to the corps headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday.

He, however, advised  workers  of FRSC to protect themselves  during patrol activities to avoid being killed by reckless drivers.

Senator Kaura said the committee was disturbed by the  reports of patrol men being  killed by reckless drivers while performing their legitimate duties on the highways, warning that such  acts by the drivers were  unacceptable to members of the National Assembly.

He pledged the support of  members of the senate  in the efforts by the management of FRSC to tackle the challenge,  adding  that  staff  of  FRSC must on their own take necessary safety measures to avoid the risk of being killed by reckless drivers

The chairman said   that members of the committee were on oversight functions to  FRSC national headquarters to enable them ascertain the level of implementation of the 2016 budgetary appropriations to the corps  as well as familiarise themselves with its operations with a view to determining areas of    support.

He commended the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, for the commitment he has shown towards road safety management in the country,  adding that members of the committee will continue to render necessary support that could make the operations of the corps successful.

Dr  Oyeyemi  on the occasion,  said  though, FRSC is not a revenue generating organisation, it has through its patrol activities, generated over N1.6billion, which was paid directly into the Federation Account.

He  informed  members of the committee on the structure, functions, challenges  as well as  the funding needs of the corps.

He noted that as part of the implementation of the 2016 budget, FRSC is constructing permanent office accommodation in four states,  all of which are in different stages of completion.

He  commended members of the committee for their support over the years.

and  made mention of the release of the 2015 budgetary appropriation to the corps, which he described as unprecedented,  adding  that the gesture led to enhanced logistic empowerment for the corps.

He said  that the overhead cost for this year’s budget has been fully released up till date

and assured members of the committee that with  the  support the corps is receiving from the committee, it would continue to work hard to ensure improved service delivery .