FG recruits, trains 8,000 FRSC personnel – SGF

FG recruits, trains 8,000 FRSC personnel – SGF

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.

The Federal Government has recruited and trained 8,000 personnel of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to safeguard the country’s highways.


The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja while decorating the FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Dauda Biu, with his new rank.


He said that the injection of the personnel into the system was part of the appreciable support which the FRSC had received since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2015.


Mustapha said that the several interventions were targeted at reducing the high rate of carnage on roads across the country.


According to him, the support includes giving assent to the six United Nations Conventions and Agreements on Road Traffic.


The SGF said that others include the “building and inauguration of world-class auditorium, ICT Hall and ultramodern medical centre at FRSC Academy Udi, Enugu State.


“Also, building and inauguration of administrative block, hostels for cadets of the Academy and Junior officers of FRSC Staff College at FRSC Academy Udi, Enugu State.


“The approval of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy Document I and II to deepen road safety administration and encourage inclusiveness.”

Mustapha said that the Corps was also able to expand the scope of its national driver’s licence production plant with the building of new print farm in Lagos.


According to him, this is in addition to a new training school for Road Marshal Assistants in Shendam, Plateau.


“Also, the establishment of Marshal Assistant Training School in Awo Alero, through effective collaboration with Delta Government.


“The workforce was also increased through recruitment and training of over 8,000 personnel.


“On the operational front, a total of 958 vehicles were injected into the Corps and a total of 16 new Sector Command Headquarters were built to boost staff welfare and comfort in the workplace,” he said.


The SGF charged all officers and men to consolidate on the successes made so far in achieving the mandate of eradicating road traffic crashes in the country.


Mustapha said that the event was historic, as it was the second time a career staff member was appointed to head the ISO-certified organisation in the capacity of Corps Marshal.


Speaking, the new Corps Marshal appreciated President Buhari for finding him worthy of the appointment.


“We will work hard; the appointment is giving us more vigour and we assure you that we will not fail you and we will not let you down,” Biu said.


Recall that President Buhari confirmed Biu as substantive FRSC Corps Marshal on Dec. 30, 2022, having served in acting capacity since July 2022 after the retirement of Mr Boboye Oyeyemi.

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