As part of the measure to ease vehicular movement during Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed no fewer than 35,000 Regular, Special Marshals, and Road Safety Club Members for traffic control on highways across the country before, during and after the festival.
It explained that the deployment was aimed at ensuring enhanced visibility and guaranteeing the safety of all road users before, during, and after the Eid-el Kabir celebration in Nigeria.
The FRSC Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem, who disclosed while fielding questions from journalists on Thursday in Abuja, said that the massive mobilisation of personnel and operational equipment were needed for successful operations during Sallah nationwide.
Kazeem said that the corps was embarking on the special patrol operation to ensure that motorists and other road users had a hitch-free celebration.
“About 750 Patrol Vehicles, 120 Ambulances, 25 Tow Truck and over 200 Bikes would be on the road during the special operation that would commence on 16 to 25 July 2021 nation-wide,” he said.
He said that the corps had over the years developed the tradition of organising special patrol operations during festive periods.
“Motorists must endeavour to avoid traffic violations and remain conscious of their safety to avoid not only arrest and prosecution by members of the Corps but falling prey to avoidable road crashes.
“The mission of the special operation is to ensure free flow of traffic, provide prompt rescue services, and timely clearance of obstructions on all major roads and critical corridors across the country,” said Kazeem.
He added that the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, had directed commanding officers operating across various formations nationwide to ensure the effectiveness of the operations.
Kazeem said that the officers would cover the 52 corridors, adding that they would properly be manned throughout the period of the operations.
He, however, appealed to motorists to obey all traffic rules and regulations and cooperate with FRSC personnel and other law enforcement agencies deployed for traffic management duties. He said that mobile courts would be in session across the country for prompt dispensation of justice to traffic violators.