FRSC boss solicits more World Bank support on strategic goals

THE Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has requested for the support of the World Bank to enhance operational activities through capacity building.

Oyeyemi made the request during a virtual meeting with the World Bank Transport Lead, Dr Soasemos Job;  World Bank Road Safety Specialist, AK Farhad; Consultant World Bank Nigeria, Chukwudi Ikejiani in attendance.

The meeting which was the World Bank annual brief on road safety improvement in Nigeria, had others who participated to include Mr Radoslaw Czapski of World Bank, USA; the rural access mobility programmer, Mr Stephen Ibijiola.

Oyeyemi’s requests were communicated in the course of his virtual presentation on ‘Impact of the World Bank on safety management: The Nigeria safe corridor project experience’.

He stated that the annual brief was a platform to review the preceding year taking into cognisance how the corps has been able to align with global expectations and also highlighting achievements in road safety as well as stressing peculiar constraints and operational  challenges encountered in the year under consideration.

Oyeyemi stated that irrespective of the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19, the FRSC made several efforts not only to save lives on the roads, but also became a key frontline player in the broad national strategy to defeat the dreaded corona virus.

Being one of the frontline agencies in combating the pandemic, the corps restrategised on its operational tactics by engaging both stakeholders and the motoring public through aggressive sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns on COVID-19 prevention, and ensured strict enforcement of  directives of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

He explained that the corps put efforts towards achieving the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety in Nigeria, with consideration to peculiar environmental challenges and successfully recorded several mind blowing and impactful achievements.

These achievements include but not limited to the following, the adoption of Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (2021-2030), assessment of the country’s achievement relative to the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), the fight against COVID-19, consolidation of the safe-to-load programme, enhanced public enlightenment, child safety and expansion of the corps visibility, among others.

While promising to mobilise other development partners and donors to support the corps for optimal performance, the participants acknowledged the resilience of the corps in implementing result-oriented strategies and expressed satisfaction in the overall achievements recorded so far.

They also observed that there is still much to be done on the part of engineering, vehicle inspection and assessment and data management.

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