John Abiodun, Ado Ekiti
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it’s men and officers will remain on federal and state roads to carry out their operations since its duties are not limited to federal roads.
FRSC Commander Zone 8, John Meheux, who said that the corps’ duties go beyond monitoring to rescuing accident victims, said their activities covered state roads since accidents know no boundary.
Meheux spoke in Ado Ekiti on Thursday in Ado Ekiti while speaking with journalists at the First 2017 Bi-annual RS8 zonal retreat with the theme, “rebuilding the corporate image of the corps”.
Zone 8 is in charge of Ekiti, Kwara and Kogi states.
It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government recently suggested that FRSC should limit its operation to the highways.
But Meheux said accidents did not know boundary, adding that rescuing accident victims was part of duties of the corps.
“There are crashes on state roads. Death crashes are not limited to highways. Are you saying FRSC should not be involved in rescue operation? We will continue to partner with state government wherever we can.
“There could be crashes on the state roads and we’ll come to assist. Our duty is not limited to patrol, rescue is an integral part of our duties.”
Meheux praised motorists in the zone for cooperating with the FRSC on the use of speed limit device
“The importance of speed limit device cannot be over emphasised. The compliance level in zone 8 is encouraging,” he added.
Ekiti Sector Commander, Ismaila Kugu, however, raised the alarm over the high accident rate in Ekiti in the last four months.
Kugu said that Ekiti last year recorded 49 road crashes with nine fatal accidents and 19 deaths. Between January and April this year, the trend is high and we are concerned. We have recorded 16 crashes and 11 deaths in the first four months of this year.”
The FRSC boss advised motorists to avoid speeding and observe caution on the road.