By Cyber Era Correspondent
In pursuit of the Presidential Task Force’s conveyance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on extending the eased lockdown for another two weeks in the bid to further contain and control the spread of the disease for another 14 days effective Monday May 18, 2020, the Corps Marshal of road safety watchdog in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered his Officers and men to gear up and align completely with the ongoing enforcement on restrictions and physical distancing amongst vehicle occupants and carry out the Presidential directives with all vigour so as to contribute immensely in flattening the curve of the pandemic.
According to the Corps Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Marshal’s directive was to reiterate the commitment of the Federal Road Safety Corps towards sustaining existing collaborations with the Federal and State Governments in the fight against the ravaging Coronavirus, and further ensure that the order on restrictions were diligently and effectively enforced with all sense of professionalism, civility and resilience.
While charging the Commanding Officers to ensure adequate deployment of personnel on all routes, the Corps Marshal noted inter alia that as the Corps moved into the first week of the extension of phase one of the eased lockdown regime, personnel must show diligence and ensure total enforcement of all the measures in place, particularly, the ban on interstate travels, physical distancing amongst commuters, and policy on use of masks/covering.
Further to the aforementioned, Oyeyemi also sustained the initial order that no vehicle should be allowed to violate the directives as contained. According to him, except the vehicles and the occupants were accredited essential workers with proof of identification, Commanding Officers must ensure that the vehicles were impounded and the occupants handed over to the Police for prosecution in the Court of Law for contravening the Presidential Order on restrictions, social distance and stay at home.
Oyeyemi also advised essential workers who might be tempted to compromise with the social distance directives in vehicles to restrain from such as the Virus did not discriminate nor spare anybody irrespective of class or profession.
He therefore advised citizens to comply with the restriction order or face the wrath of the law.