As part of the targets of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the nearest future, the Corps plans to acquire an emergency chopper to aid faster evacuation of road crash victims around the country.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who stated this during the 30th anniversary celebration of the corps in Abuja on Monday, noted that the Corps has been using the Nigeria Airforce Chopper for end of the year patrol.
Though he did not give a definite date when the chopper would be purchased, Oyeyemi noted that it would also enlarge its community first responder scheme while enhancing training and development of personnel in order to reduce the deaths arising from road carnage.
The Corps Marshal further said the FRSC would set up a road safety fund, exploit the 10 percent cost of new road reconstruction recommended for safety enhancement and get partnership funding from international donors.
“The corps will work to ensure that the World Bank recommendations to G8 (countries) to dedicate 10 per cent of all road contracts to safety component is accomplished,” the Corps Marshal stated.
On the projections of the corps for the next decade (2018-2028), Oyeyemi said that the agency was driving towards a situation where road traffic crashes would result in no death.
He explained that the corps is focused on achieving the Vision 20:2020 articulated by the Federal Government which he said would be driven by optimizing human and natural resources.
According to him, “The corps intends to drive swiftly towards achieving a country where road traffic crash results in no death. Consequently, it will ensure improved response time to road traffic crash scenes and all other traffic distresses.
“It will effectively ensure road traffic information is sustained in the domain of epidemic requiring consistent management of road traffic crash victims, including evacuation and hospital follow-up mechanisms, acquisition of an air ambulance to aid emergency evacuation of RTC victims.”
While speaking at the event, the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, commended the FRSC for reducing road accident casualties in the country.
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