The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) corps marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemihas, has stated that plans were ongoing for the FRSC Academy in Udi, Enugu State to be upgraded to a degree awarding institution. Oyeyemi who was speaking during a courtesy visit to the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu also said that the Corps was also making plans to upgrade it training school in Plateau State. “We have been having series of discussion with the World Bank. These schools have been in existence but we are just trying to upgrade to degree awarding and certificate given schools. These schools are being funded already by government. We have met the executive secretary of National University Commission (NUC) who referred us to Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) to be affiliated. We can start with affiliation status which is what we required to be able to award post graduate diploma, degree and masters in related road safety management related courses.
“A team was set up between FUTO and FRCN and they have worked out a syllables and the senate of the school have approved it. But before it is forwarded o NUC for further action, we had decided to come and have a formal discussion before the letter is received,” he said. He added that the upgrading of the schools will make it self funding as the schools will be opened to the public who needed their services adding that the government allocation will reduced and be limited to only capital.
Oyeyemi also revealed that the Corps was working with the ministry through the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) which had ensured the emerging of a primary and secondary curriculum with fusion of road safety curriculum. He also commended the minister for the reforms he has brought into the ministry and pledged the Corps’ support in all its activities. “This year budget, the BPP has already approved N27m to be released to NERDC to complete the project. We don’t disturb agency we are collaborating with. We make budgetary provision for it. The books are ready. World Bank is always ready to help,” he said. While responding, the minister pledged the ministry’s support for the Corps adding that it will give it whatever assistance it needed to bring about the upgrade of the schools.