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2019 Election: FRSC Deploy 19,000 Personnel

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 19,000 personnel in a bid to ensure hitch free 2019 general elections.

 

This was revealed by the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi on the occasion of the capacity building programme on election duties for FRSC staff in Abuja.

 

According to him, “there is no gain-saying that the Corps performed its assigned responsibilities diligently during the 2015 general elections hence it can safely be proud for successful conduct of elections in Nigeria today. The current clarion call on FRSC and other critical stakeholders is for ensuring credible elections as in the past.

 

“The Corps and other agencies have, therefore, been saddled with various assignments, the most critical being mobility which is essential to the electoral process, especially on eIection days when human and material resources would have to be moved from INEC offices to the voting points and back in one peace as well as ensuring free flow of essential vehicles assigned for electoral duties while also restricting non-essential and unauthorized vehicle movements within the specified hours.”

 

Dr Oyeyemi also warned personnel deployed to remain apolitical, focus on their job description and ensure that they carry out their duties to the best of their abilities.

 

The Corps Marshal further confirmed the FRSC readiness for the election, stating that the Corps has already carried out about nine of the assignment given to it by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, with the 10th one to be done on election day.

 

He further listed the roles of the FRSC in the election as requested by INEC to include “screening and profiling of the drivers that would be deployed to drive vehicles that would convey election materials as well as inspection of the vehicles to ascertain their fitness for election deployment.

“Deployment of FRSC patrol teams on election day to guide against violation of restriction order on movement of vehicles and people; provision of easy access to vehicles conveying INEC materials; utilization of FRSC call centre and emergency facilities for prompt response to distress and emergency calls; Ensuring free flow of traffic for‘ voters within the permissible areas.

 

Others are: deployment of tow and recovery vehicles along strategic voting locations routes for obstruction clearance; provide on the mapping and identification of road conditions and risks; support of speedy and efficiency in delivery of election personnel and materials at designed units and work in conjunction with others security agencies to ensure that emergencies that could affect smooth elections are effectively curtailed.”

 

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