DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Corps Marshal Holds Extraordinary Teleconference Meeting With Top Management, Others

…To Review Lockdown Enforcement

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By Cyber Era Correspondent

The Corps Marshal, road safety regulatory agency in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi,  has held an extraordinary virtual strategy meeting with FRSC Top  Management team and the 12 Zonal Commanding Officers across the country, to review the general performance of the Corps in the ongoing enforcement of the social distancing directives and the national quarantine order that have been in place for more than four(4) weeks now.

In a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer,  Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, the teleconference meeting which held on Monday focused exclusively  on reviewing the operational performance of the Corps, with a view to identifying underlying challenges encountered in the course of the ongoing lockdown enforcement in order to re-strategise on more effective, efficient and result yielding operational tactics that could enhance the general performance of the Corps and facilitate compliance on the part of the people.

Speaking further, the FRSC  spokesperson said that the Zonal Commanding Officers explained that the enforcement so far had been very successful, but not without challenges, as there were cases of citizens defying both the social distancing in vehicles and the national quarantine order without any justifiable reasons.

Other challenges encountered included excessive overloading of vehicles both with persons and goods, especially the transporters who convey food produce from the farm or market places to consumers, production plants and other places where they may be needed.

They also identified excessive speed, as majority of the drivers most often took undue advantage of the low traffic density to abuse the legal speed limit, an act which was very dangerous and could lead to avoidable crashes with attendant loss of lives and damage to properties.

The Zonal Commanding Officers applauded the Corps Marshal and Management of the Corps for the proactive measures put in place by the Corps to halt the spread of the virus, as manifested in the prompt provision of Personal Protective Equipments like the facemasks,, alcohol based sanitizers , soap, hand gloves and more to operatives who were at the fore front of the enforcement.

The Corps Marshal while issuing the next operation order, charged them to brace up to the present realities as records had shown a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. He warned that extra energy and commitment must be deployed to ensure that Nigerians were made to see reasons to comply with the Presidential  Task force  and NCDC directives, with particular emphasis on social distancing in the vehicle ,  restriction of movement where applicable and the latest directive on ban on interstate travels and curfew.

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