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Published On: Tue, Jun 17th, 2014

Delegates want FRSC scrapped

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frsc nigeria logoBy Patrick Andrew

 Delegates to the National Conference have urged the federal government to scrap the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) because of its failure to curtail the number of road accidents in the country.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghadi Na’aba, while contributing to the debate on the report of the Committee on Transportation, said the country has witnessed increased cases of road accidents even in the face of increased funding of the Corps.

Accordingly, he suggested that the corps should be scrapped or overhauled to make way for a better and responsive body that would be meticulous in the discharge of its responsibilities.

Further, he suggested that the government should ensure that bases at strategic places be established where the men of the FRSC should be permanently stationed and at the ready to respond to emergency calls in case of accidents.

Na’aba was supported by Aisha Aliyu, who is one of the elder statesmen at the conference, who also appealed to the delegates to rally round the call for the FRSC to be scrapped because it has failed to live up to its statutory responsibility as far as its ensuring reduction in road accidents were concern.

Further, she drew the attention of the delegates to the prevalence of many single lanes inter-states roads adding that they were not only death-traps by create unnecessary traffic log-jam and inconvenience.

Also, delegates were of the view that the CCTV said to have been installed on major streets and highways across the country were unnecessary drain on the finances of the country more so that it has not achieved the desired objective.

The delegates, who were contributing to the debates on the committee on Transportation, also urged the federal government to compel airlines to reconsider high cost of airfares on domestic route stressing that most airlines were charging exorbitant fares in the face of poor services.

 

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