By ikenna Osuoha
An Abuja based Non governmental Organisation (NGO), Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), on Saturday urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to deliver on its statutory responsibilities of ensuring road safety and minimising of accidents.
Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President of the group, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that FRSC had to step up efforts in living up to its functions.
Nnam said that the officials had indirectly abandoned their primary responsibility of ensuring road safety to pursuing trivialities that even endangered the lives of motorists.
“Some delinquents in the FRSC now create avenues for motorists to default so that they can fine them.
“Instead of doing the needful which is ensuring road users are safe, that vehicles which are not road worthy are barred from the road, they do the opposite,” he said.
The ILDC boss who commended the leadership of the FRSC for driving innovations aimed bringing reforms to Nigerian roads, advised it to restore discipline among the members.
He wondered why some delinquent members of the corps could deviate from the mandate which had resulted to accidents on the federal highways.
According to him, many of them don’t even care whether the road users are conversant with the nitty gritty of road discipline.
NAN reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was created in Feb 1988.
The statutory functions include: Making the highways safe for motorists and other road users as well as checking road worthiness of vehicles.
It also recommends works and infrastructures to eliminate or minimise accidents on the highways and educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of road discipline. (NAN)