By CHRIS OCHAYI, Abuja
The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, yesterday disclosed that it has generated revenue to the tune of N1.4 billion as fines from motorists who violated the highways rules and regulations across the nation in 2010.
Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka who revealed this during a working visit to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Isah Bello in Abuja, said the Corps have also recorded 35% reduction in road crash fatalities.
Chidoka further informed the Head of Service of the FRSC numerous achievements in the nation’s road traffic administration which include the installation of 350 V-sats for effective communication and inter-connectivity among its formations across the country.
Other achievements he said include on-line and real time job delivery, generation of a software which has collated and built a database on traffic offenders since 2004 and recent launch of new drivers’ license and number plate to ensure the creation of a database on all drivers and vehicles in Nigeria.
Chidoka noted that the efforts has resulted to a 35% reduction in road crash fatalities and increase in fines generation from N500 million to N1.4 billion in 2010.
He commended the Head of Service as “ a potent force for driving the nation’s work force which has provided the platform to peculate the ideals and values of the transformation agenda within the civil service”.
Responding, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Isah Bello described the tremendous achievements made by the Federal Road Safety Corps in the nation’s road safety management as pivotal in showcasing effective service delivery in the Public service sector.
Alhaji Bello noted that road traffic crashes “can be traced to indiscipline and ignorance to road traffic rules and regulations by Nigerian drivers”.
According to him, “most Nigerian drivers do not give way to other motorists as they permanently drive on the speed lane thereby exposing other road users to avoidable traffic hazards”
He therefore urged the FRSC management to undertake a pilot study of the Abuja- Kaduna expressway in order to address this unpleasant trend and further introduce stiffer penalties to engender acceptable traffic conduct in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Manpower Development in the Office of the Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Ejelle Nkechi said the FRSC has been nominated to showcase the use of information and communication technology in road traffic crashes reduction in Nigeria at the conference of African Ministers of Public Service, held recently in Congo Brazzaville.
Mrs. Nkechi added further that the Corps’ numerous initiatives and strides in digital solutions which has impacted positively on the nation’s road safety management.
She said it was the effort of the Corps that justified its nomination to partner other African countries such as Egypt to champion the relevance information and communication technology in driving socio-economic development in the African sub-region.