FRSC begin Nationwide 24-Hour Patrols in Preparation for Christmas
He stated that the personnel would combat traffic gridlock and ensure zero Road Traffic Crashes, having been provided with logistics and operational materials, including radar guns to check speed violations.
Kazeem mentioned that 16 traffic control camps had been set up along different routes, while 53 critical routes would receive special attention. He quoted the Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, as directing Commanding Officers to ensure 24-hour surveillance along high-volume traffic and gridlock-prone areas.
Additionally, he directed the full mobilisation of the 26 Help Areas, the full utilisation of the 59 Emergency Ambulance Points, the mobilisation of roadside clinics, and 24-hour broadcasting of traffic situations on the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM.
The special operation is set to conclude on January 15, 2024. The personnel are also tasked with identifying alternative routes to assist motorists during gridlocks and providing notifications of traffic-distressed areas for intervention.
“The operation is billed to cover the following critical corridors: Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor, Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos corridor,
“Others are Abuja-Kaduna-Kano corridor, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo corridor, Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridor, amongst others.”
Kazeem said that the FRSC’s holistic approach was to ensure safer roads in view of the upsurge in traffic volume recorded during such time.
He said that the target was to avert chaos and indiscipline on the highway, so as to avoid crashes and fatalities.
“The directive also mandates the Corps’ operatives to ensure effective collaboration with Military Units, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
“Other sister agencies to work with include Directorate of State Services, NGO Ambulance Service Providers, National Network on Emergency Road Services and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency,” he said.
“In case of emergency, call the 122 toll free number and the National Traffic Radio live lines: 08052998090, 09067000015, and 08052998012.
“The public can also reach the situation room on 07054005754 and 07054005712,” he added.