The attention of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been drawn to a publication in the Punch Newspaper of Friday, 27 September 2019 titled, “FRSC has no mandate to train Driver,” which was attributed to the Chairman, Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NIIT) Zaeia, Olorogun John Onojeharho.
HSENations understands that the Chairman, who spoke to newsmen at the end of a three-day retreat programme organised for the management and staff of the institute, listed the corps among those he described as “quacks” in the training of drivers in the country.
According to statement made available to HSENations, FRSC stated unequivocally that it is the responsibility of the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that drivers, motorists, and motorcyclists are properly trained on how to operate their vehicles before they are qualified to apply for the National Drivers Licence.
“Consequently, the assumption that the Corps is not mandated by law to train drivers is totally out of place, considering that the mandate is contained in Section 10 (3)c of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007 wherein it is stated that part of the mandate of the FRSC is: to educate Drivers, Motorists and the members of the public generally on the proper use of the highways.”
FRSC further stated that the agency is mostly concerned with the safety on the roads which has necessitated the organization to engage in training workshops to educate fleet operators on the minimum safety standards needed to operate a fleet of commercial vehicles with 5 vehicles and above.
This Nigerian Safety news platform gathered FRSC has on many occasions sent its personnel on training at the NIIT Zaria, and the knowledge gained from such trainings are of added values to the overall operations of the Corps.
In conclusion, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi reiterated his regular stand that constructive opinions and criticisms that will aid the protection of lives and properties on the nation’s highway are always welcomed, as road safety is a collective responsibility, but the Corps owes it as a responsibility to always correct any misperception that could lead to misunderstanding by members of the public..