The Zonal Commanding Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) RS6 Port Harcourt has assured of the Commission’s intent to make the University of Calabar, a model of Road Safety Ethics in a structured community.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, ACM Kingsley Agomoh (mni) made the commission’s intent known in an address delivered at the opening ceremony of a two-day Public Enlightenment and Safety Awareness Campaign held at the International Conference Centre of the University of Calabar.
Speaking at the occasion which was predominantly attended by Drivers, Vehicle Operators, Staff and Special Marshalls, the Zonal Commanding Officer said with the partnership of the University, the expansion of the education and enlightenment platforms of the FRSC, and delivery of the right information, attitudinal re-orientation is attainable.
ACM Kingsley Agomoh while observing that Road Traffic trends has been a perennial issue in Nigerian Universities tasked the management of the Institution to initiate the practice of Road Safety Observance within its premises
He listed such observances to include enforcement of the use of seat belt, speed limits, periodic Driving License checks and non-use of phones while driving.
The Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) further urged the management of the Institution to heartily embrace the Corps Policy on the Road Traffic Standardization Scheme which entails registration of all organizations with a minimum of five vehicles in their possession, adding that it will entrench sanity and safety standards for operator, vehicle and driver.
The Commanding Officer used the occasion to inform the University of the Corps’ latest Policy which prescribes medicamental psychological evaluation in a government hospital for drivers’ at their own expense for committing life threatening offences such as route, speed and traffic lights violation, overloading and use of phone.
In his address at the occasion, the FRSC Sector Commander, Cross River State Command, Corps Commander Chidiebere Nkwonta (esq) said that Road Safety’ is everybody’s business adding that the FRSC is only a lead agency.
Corps Commander Nkwonta noted that car crashes is still a canker worm in our tertiary Institutions hence the intervention and called for continuous engagement and interaction between the University and the commission.
He thanked the Vice Chancellor and the entire University for sowing the ‘seed’ of safe driving on campus and expressed the optimism that safe driving centre will be fully entrenched.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu expressed the appreciation of the University community to the commission for its timely intervention and swift response in partnership in actualizing an accident free campus.