The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC has said the it has deployed over one thousand (1000) vehicles for the February 16 presidential and national assembly elections.
The Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi stated this on Wednesday in Calabar in a 2-day capacity workshop organised for the FRSC staff, adding that this and other logistics are to support the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC conduct a free, fair and credible elections that meets both local and international expectations.
Dr. Oyeyemi who was represented by the Cross River Sector Commander of the Corps, Chidiebere Nkwonta Esq, said the agency has over the years been very active in election duties aside traffic management and safety administration.
According to him, “The FRSC participation in the 2019 General Elections will involve certifying all the vehicles to be used for conveying all the election materials and personnel. The responsibility of the Corps is ensuring safe and free movement of election vehicles and materials as well as the personnel for smooth electoral process.
“Members of the Corps in the past few months have been involved in various activities to prepare them well to the task ahead in ensuring that the FRSC diligently carries out the responsibilities entrusted by the INEC.
“The FRSC has enormous responsibility in ensuring that it work assiduously with relevant stakeholders to ensure that whatever safety and security threats that could hamper smooth conduct of the elections are nipped in the bud through adequate measures.”
The Corps Marshall also stated that the FRSC will screen and profile the drivers that would drive the vehicles to convey the election materials as well as inspection of the vehicles. The Corps will also provide easy access to vehicles conveying INEC materials as well as ensuring free movement of traffic for voters.
He urged the Members of the Corps to retain their standard as they did during the 2015 General Elections for the agency have no excuse to give Nigerians for leaving any gaps that could undermine the process in the course of performing the national assignment as INEC and the entire nation expect much from them.
“I urge you to face the tasks ahead with utmost dedication, honesty, care and commitment devoid of partisanship.
“The FRSC is a nonpartisan organisation and has no allegiance to any political party, but to the Federal Government. No one must therefore identify with any political party or interest outside performance of the assignments given to you by INEC and in conjunction with other security agencies,” he said.
The workshop was also attended by the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Dr. Frankland Briyai, Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, CP Austin Agbonlahor and the Deputy Director of the Department of State Service (DSS) in Cross River State, Mr Emmanuel Nnaemeka.