The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has assured to collaborate with its Special Marshals to eliminate gridlock from the roads during and after the yuletide season.
The Zonal Commanding Officer of RS.5.3 Benin, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi gave the assurance at Eziowelle, during a one-day retreat by the Special Marshals in Anambra State.
Correspondent Emmanuel Chigbata reports that Mr. Kumapayi, who stated that the FRSC had set a zero-tolerance target on traffic gridlock this season and beyond, announced that it would deploy the already launched body camera during the end of this year’s special patrol in Anambra State to enhance transparency and good public image.
He urged the Special Marshals to exhibit professionalism in the discharge of their duties in line with global best practices even as he described them as crucial partners in the road safety business.
The Anambra State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi, who lectured on the theme of the retreat, “Volunteerism Beyond Ember Months; The Role of Special Marshals in Combating Road Traffic Crashes”, called on the Special Marshals to double their performances with genuine passion especially in the areas of traffic control, public enlightenment and enforcement during the yuletide and beyond to enable the corps achieve its target in eradication of Road Traffic Crash.
The RS. 5.3 Zonal Coordinator of Special Marshals, Mr. Friday Ekahtor and the Anambra State Coordinator of Special Marshals, Mr. Patrick Esumai, stated that this year’s theme is carefully chosen due to its relevance in the society.
A resource person, Dr. Ndidiamaka Chukwujekwu, spoke on effective ways of maintaining healthy living through proper stress management, while one of the participants, who is also the Director, News and Current Affairs Department of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Mr. Gab Okpalaeze stated that the event availed them the opportunity for introspection, and greater resolve to serve the society better with regards to easing off traffic congestion.
Special Marshals are volunteer arm of FRSC, who complement the activities of the Regular Marshals in combating Road Traffic Crashes in Nigeria and have most of the rights and powers given to the Regular Marshals.