- Starting from Tuesday, May 11, FRSC operatives will be on the roads nationwide to control the traffic ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration
- The special operation will be active across the country until Monday, May 17
- No fewer than 35,000 FRSC operatives and special operational equipment have been deployed for the special patrol
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has unveiled a detailed nationwide special patrol ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration in Nigeria.
The move, Legit.ng gathers, is to ensure a safer road environment, before, during the festive period and beyond.
According to the FRSC's spokesman, Bisi Kazeem, Thursday, May 13, has been declared as the day of Eid-el-Fitr in Nigeria.
Personnel, equipment to be deployed
Kazeem noted that not fewer than 35,000 of the FRSC Regular, Special Marshals, and Road Safety Club Members, about 750 Patrol Vehicles, 120 ambulances, 25 tow trucks and over 200 bikes would be on the road during the special operation.
The patrol will start on Tuesday, May 11 and end on Monday, May 17.
The Corps spokesman stated that the special patrol operation to ensure that motorists and other road users have a hitch-free celebration, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and security challenges in the country.
Ahead of the special patrol, the FRSC has urged motorists to 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.
To ensure the effectiveness of the operations, Kazeem revealed that the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed commanding officers operating across various formations nationwide to ensure that the 52 corridors are properly manned throughout the period of the operations.
It is learnt that mobile courts would be in session across the country for prompt dispensation of justice to recalcitrant traffic violators.
Traffic offences to be prioritised
1. Wrongful overtaking
2. Use of phone while driving
3. Drivers licence violation
4. Driving with expired/worn-out tyre
5. Driving without spare tyres
6. Overloading violation
7. Excessive speed
8. Lane indiscipline/route violation
9. Passengers' manifest violation
10. Illegal use of SPY number plate
11. Latching violation, etc.
The operatives of the Corps have also been directed to focus on effective traffic control, lane disciplines and removal of rickety vehicles on the road.
Operational equipment such as radar guns, breathalysers to put a check on drunk driving, among others, have also been deployed.
The agency added that measures have been put in place to ensure all Zebras are active 24/7 and responsive to calls within the minimum FRSC response time to reported road accidents.
National Traffic Radio will be active
The FRSC also stated that the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM will continue to operate 24/7 to give real-time traffic update.
All travellers are therefore urged to take advantage of the station and the FRSC Toll-Free numbers (122) to report any obstruction, crash or gridlock witnessed on the road for prompt interventions of the nearest command.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has told Muslims across the country to look out for the new moon of Shawwal on Tuesday, May 11.
The deputy secretary-general of NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement issued via Facebook on Saturday, May 8.
He disclosed that the announcement was made based on the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC).