The Lagos State government has donated two patrol vehicles to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to cushion the effect of damages done to FRSC’s operational vehicles during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests in the state.
The donation was done through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
It would be recalled that shortly after assessing the damages in 2020, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu promised to give some assistance to the FRSC, as a token of appreciation of its efforts in dispersing traffic gridlocks, among other functions.
The FRSC Deputy Corps Commander (Lagos Operations), Mr Cyril Mathew, received the vehicles on behalf of the Sector Commander, Mr Segun Ogungbemide.
The FRSC Public Education Officer in Lagos State, Bisi Sonusi, said, in a statement on Thursday, that the patrol vehicles were donated to replace those vandalised during the #EndSARS protest.
He quoted Mathew as saying that: “It will enhance our operations. It shows the state’s commitment to the promise made after #EndSARS protest which claimed some of our patrol vehicles.
“We appreciate the state government for the donation and assure it of the judicious use of the vehicles in tackling traffic gridlocks.’’
Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, who represented Gov. Sanwo-Olu at the occasion, said that the donated vehicles would be useful in efforts to curb gridlocks on Lagos roads.
“The vehicles are part of the promises made to the FRSC Command during the governor’s visit to assess the level of damage to operational equipment of security agencies in the state during the #EndSARS protest,’’ he said.
The commissioner noted that the provision of additional vehicles would assist the FRSC, in its efforts to save the lives of the motoring public and increase its visibility in the state at all times.
Bamgbose-Martins also said that the feedback which the government was getting on the operations of the FRSC had been positive.