The Federal Government plans to train personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Information and Communication Technology to improve traffic management.
Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication, disclosed this during his familiarization visit to the FRSC National Headquarters where he was received by Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi.
The Minister said with the sophistication which now characterise modern traffic management, it takes officers with wide knowledge of information technology to drive the advancement in modern road safety management.
While expressing readiness of the Ministry to support the FRSC in its commitment to making the nation’s roads safe for users, Shittu called for collaboration between agencies of the government, noting that such partnership is capable of promoting understanding and cost effectiveness in the light of the current economic challenges facing the nation.
“We must find common grounds in all the assignments being handled by the various agencies of the government and share ideas to cut cost and move the nation forward,” Shittu said.
According to the Minister, road safety is a collective responsibility as safety of all road users should be of concern to all, pledging that his Ministry would do all within its powers to ensure that necessary support is given to the FRSC in the efforts to move the Corps to greater heights in its campaigns for safer road environment.
He also commended the innovative spirit of the FRSC leadership and the commitment being shown by the personnel of the FRSC to ensure that sanity is restored on the nation’s highways through aggressive public enlightenment and diligent enforcement.
The Minister recalled the active role he played as a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly when the Bill on the defunct Oyo Road Safety Corps was being debated, saying he remains committed to the values of safer road environment.
To this end, he assured that his Ministry is available for further collaboration on issues of road safety.
He particularly commended the Corps Marshal for the professionalism and competence he has shown in managing the FRSC, noting that Nigerians are proud and appreciative of his leadership of the Corps. He also urged the Corps Marshal not to rest on his oars as he moves to take the FRSC to greater heights.
“In your commitment to taking the FRSC to greater heights, let me assure you that you will find in me a supporter and collaborator who will always be on your side,” he stated.
“Any new ideas you think you can bring to what you are already doing, please don’t hesitate to come out with them. We are prepared to give you the necessary support that could make them comes into fruition for the benefits of the nation and road users, because their safety should be of concern to all of us,” the Minister added.