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Ogun FRSC holds retreat, commends govt for support

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By AYENI OLALEKAN --- The Ogun State Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) CC Ahmed Umar has commended the state government on its efforts of road infrastructure development in the state.

He said it is worthy of saying that the full support of state government is critical to the success of FRSC Commands across the State.

CC Umar disclosed this at the 2021 FRSC Ogun Sector Command's mid year strategy session in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He also thanked the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Security and the Executive Secretary of Ogun State Security Trust Fund Mr Opeyemi Agbaje, for the donation of eight motorcycles to FRSC Ogun State Command last year and other supports they have also been accorded to the Command. 

CC Umar said: "Road traffic in Ogun State is distinct, peculiar and incomparable with no other States in Nigeria. An estimated of about 40,000 vehicles move in and out of Lagos State daily, passing through Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and other highways in Ogun State. 

"Furthermore, Ogun State, most commendably, has become the new industrial and investment destination in Nigeria. The fast increasing number of industries, mostly large scale ones, such as Dangote Cement Factory, Ibese 
International Breweries, Nestle Plc, BHN Logistics and a host of other large corporations in Ogun has multiplied the number of trucks and articulated vehicles plying highways across the State. It is estimated that Ogun State has over 100,000 trucks and articulated vehicles.

"These high and increasing number of trucks and articulated vehicles in Ogun State poses huge traffic challenges to FRSC; the frequency and severity of road traffic crashes in the state is high despite the various efforts of Ogun State Government and FRSC. The wanton loss of lives and properties is also unacceptable and of serious concern," he said.

He noted that "On Tuesday 22 June, 2021, two lives and properties worth hundreds of millions were lost at the multiple tanker crash at Ogere. The portion of the road recently reconstructed by the Federal Government was also badly damaged by the inferno. Similarly, a Dangote truck was also completely burnt by a mob after being involved in a fatal crash at Ilaro.

"FRSC, being a responsible organisation with mandate of preventing road traffic crashes decided to convene this meeting to review our operations and activities with the aim of minimising these huge loss of lives, properties and public facilities," CC Umar added.

While welcoming the special guests, Corridor Commanders, Unit Commanders and other Officers to the retreat, urging them to be of better positioned for more effective performance.

The Corridor 1 Commander, DCC Ganiyu Kehinde Hamzat in his presentation explained the Corps is facing serious challenges of traffic gridlock around construction areas within - Kara Opic inward Lagos; Warewa Outward Lagos; Magboro inward Lagos and Lotto both sections 

He said another challenges included non use of pedestrian bridges at Mowe and Ibafo which often contributed to traffic congestion at the bus stops within the areas especially when there is a case of Hit and Run, indiscriminate parking at Ogere, despite the laudable achievements recorded by the Taskforce, the encroachment of articulated vehicles into the expressway is gradually returning, adding that the reason is traceable to two key points; Relaxed enforcement and rainy season which is causing the drivers to avoid parking inside the trailer parks.

He appealed for more deployment of FRSC staff to Lagos-Ibadan corridor with special emphasis on areas where the construction work of Julius Berger and RCC are ongoing.

His counterpart, Corridor 6, DCC Lasisi Ogundele, said challenges within the corridor were caused by speed violation, night journey, failure of using pedestrian bridges around J3, J4, Ogbere and Itele, critical black spots around Ososa bridge, Atunrase bend in Sagamu, J3, J4 and Ajebamidele.

He sought for more systematic public education to dissuade motoring public on night travelling, toll free line 122, enforcement on speed related offences, deployment of more personnel to where construction works ongoing and frequent liaising with relevant agencies to provide palliative measures on time.

In his response, Mr Opeyemi Agbaje, reaffirmed the Ogun State Government on continuous support with FRSC and other traffic management for more reduction of crashes on roads.

He appreciated FRSC for always embarking on strategies that could prevent loss of lives and properties as a result of road traffic crashes, saying Ogun government will continue to support everything that would made roads within the state an accident free.

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