Minna – The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in Niger, Mr David Usman, on Monday, said that the corps would soon personalise vehicle number plates to help track offenders as Mr Osita Chidoka Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, challenges special marshals to improve road safety.
Usman made the plan known when he paid a courtesy visit to the Niger Assembly, said that is why the number plates have to be changed. Right now, the number plates are registered with the vehicles.’’
He said when operational, the owner of the vehicle would own the number plate not the vehicle.
The commander said: “if you decide to sell your vehicle at any time, you detach your number plate from the vehicle and keep it. When you have a new vehicle, you register it with the number.
“ The implication of the new system is that when you have a registered vehicle in your name, you don’t give your vehicle to people you can’t vouch for.”
He said that if the owner decided to sell his vehicle without removing the number plate, any offence committed by the new owner would be counted against the former owner.
Usman appealed to the assembly to assist the corps in meeting its obligation of ensuring safety on the road.
According to him, such assistance will enhance the ability of the officials of the corps in responding to road crashes on time.
Responding, the Speaker, Alhaji Adamu Usman, said that the assembly would collaborate with FRSC to ensure safety on the roads.
Also Mr Osita Chidoka, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, has urged special marshals to influence their environment as advocates of change to reduce the carnage on the roads.
Chidoka made the call at a one-day Enugu Sectoral Workshop for special marshals in the state at the 9th Mile Corner, near Enugu, on Monday.
The corps marshall, represented by the Enugu Zonal Commander, Mr Chike Nwaka, said that improved road safety would be achieved through sustained advocacy with emphasis on the need to ensure road safety.
He said the theme of the workshop, “Advocacy as a tool for improved road safety activities,’’ was very apt and relevant for the creation of awareness on road safety.
In his remarks, the zonal commander, lamented the rate of road crashes in the country.
Nwaka observed that the motoring public had not changed its bad driving attitude in spite of the fact that FRSC had carried out a lot of enforcement and enlightenment programmes on the issue.
He called on motorists to show love, patience and accommodation to other road users as they would want to be treated when in difficulty.
“Learn to share the road because the laws on safety are for all road users. You can always call us on our toll free number, 122 from all networks, in any emergency situation,’’ he said.
The Enugu Sector Commander of the commission, Mr Funmibi Olawoyin, described advocacy as the engine room that sustained the operations of special marshals and the FRSC.
The National Coordinator of Special Marshals, Mr Sini Kwabe, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Ralph Ozekume, implored participants to give the workshop the seriousness it deserved.
The coordinator said the special marshal would use the social media network to reach the public on the ways and essence of reducing road accidents in the country.
One of the highlights of the workshop was the presentation of meritorious service award to Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State for his contribution to the safety of the roads.
Also honoured were the National Coordinator of the Special Marshal and Dr Elias Emedom, its Zonal Secretary.
The participants were drawn from all the FRSC unit commands in the state. (NAN)