By Taiwo Ogunniyi, Ilorin
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara State Command has taken the delivery of a tow-truck of about 70 ton capacity to remove obstruction on roads when crashes occur.
The state Sector Commander of FRSC, Fredrick Ade Ogidan, disclosed this in Ilorin weekend when he led his management team on a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abdullateef ‘Lanre Ahmed.
‘Lanre Ahmed received the FRSC boss alongside members of the State Working Committee (SWC) of NUJ.
Speaking during the visit, Ogidan informed that the tow-truck had since been deployed to Ilorin-Jebba Highway due to huge number of trucks plying that axis.
He said the corps was pursuing vigorously reduction of road traffic crashes and fatality rate in the state by 15 percent this year through enforcement, construction of clinics on highways that are stocked with necessary materials and life support equipment.
Ogidan, who noted that road crashes are inevitable, said the corps is duty bound to provide succour to accident victims when it occurs.
While seeking the collaboration of the media, the FRSC Sector Commander observed that the job of road safety corps cannot be achieved without the support of members of the pen profession.
“Our duty is to ensure that when accident happens, people should not die. We are saying that we can’t do without road crashes. Crashes will happen from time to time. But when it does happen, let nobody die. That is why FRSC is in the business of ensuring that the roads are patrolled on the daily basis, providing recovery vehicles”, Ogidan said.
Responding, the state NUJ Chairman, ‘Lanre Ahmed, decried the indiscriminate overloading of commerical vehicles traveling on the highways, saying this ugly trend has accounted for the spate of incessant road crashes.
The NUJ Chairman, who commended the road safety corps for its efforts in curtailing road accident, also tasked the management of the corps to prioritize welfare of its officers and men.
Edited by Felix Ajide