The Sokoto Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Cops (FRSC), Muhammad Hamzat Sani says the command has rejuvenated its operations by introducing night patrols and other monitoring measures to ensure safety and accident control on roads in the state.
Speaking to a group of journalists Tuesday at the command’s headquarters in Sokoto, Mr Hamzat said the essence was to widen the scope of its operational strategies of curbing the rate of vehicular crashes and accident cases on both major highways linking the state with other places.
According to him” we are also making good use of support by the special marshalls, NYSC and schools road and safety clubs and other voluntary organs and individuals especially in communities within the routes”, he said.
Sani explained that the sector had also initiated a proactive drive through ‘Post Crash’ activities by visiting accident victims at hospitals and homes with a view to take advantage and sensitise their families on road safety and traffic rules and regulations.
He noted that the agency which clocks 30 years of establishment has demonstrated high level commitment in its drive towards ensuring road traffic and safety laws were followed.
“ It has introduced many measures of keeping abreast with happenings on major roads, curbing accidents including the single card driving licence now used across the world due to its authenticity and importance.”
“We have volunteers especially along Sokoto-Gusau; Sokoto-Tambuwal and Sokoto-Illela who normally relay information to us about accidents, grid lock and road block on those roads. We send them recharge cards on monthly basis just to tidy our operation in the interest of the public we serve” , the Sector Commander explained.
In the same vein, the Sector Commander said with the existing outposts across states of the federation, the agency has the operational capacity to cover, monitor and manage routine traffic and accident frequencies without much challenges, adding that” We have our Zebra centres and road side clinics for emergencies in the event of accidents.”
Accordingly, Sani said the recent introduction of Speed Limiting Device(SLD) which compliance he explained was fast encouraging has attributed to the less cases of accidents in the state and country.
“Prior to the establishment of the agency, little or nothing was done to regulate and check traffic as well as curbing accidents. Little or nothing about public enlightenment and education on road traffic and safety against accident.
“We can now give prompt and rapid response attention to victims of accidents, advise to government on condition of our roads and education of motorists on the rules and regulation of safety as well as the unification of vehicle registration as a special intervention introduced by the agency”‘ he explained.
“We have always partner relevant stakeholders as the state government through the ministry of health, religious and traditional leaders, NURTW, Motorcyclists and Tricyclists Associations, Tipper, Luxurious buses and Tanker drivers union for campaigns as well as reaching out to markets, motor parks and other public places in the metropolis and communities”, he stated.
He said the agency was committed to updating its personnel on modern techniques of operations through routine training and retraining to broaden their capacity to meet up with global operational standards.