ENDSARS Trauma, Not Enough To Deter My Men-Anambra FRSC Boss

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra State has reiterated its commitment to fulfilling its responsibility of ensuring safer roads and environment for the motoring public.
The State Sector Commander, Andrew Kumapayi gave the assurance on Monday during the 2020 Commemoration of World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes with the theme, ‘Remember, Support, Act’.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR) is a day set aside by the United Nations on every third Sunday of November each year to remember millions of lives lost or hurt by Road Traffic Crashes.
The Africa Road Safety day is also in solidarity with the event to advocate for safer roads and road victims’ rights around the world.
According to Kumapayi, the theme which was coined from the objectives of this year’s edition, is to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads, acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services, draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries, advocate for better support for road traffic victims and victim families, promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries.
He revealed that the events mapped out for the week which includes Press briefing, Lecture series, Hospital visitation and Juma’at and Church services, are dedicated to highlight issues of road safety, loss of precious lives and economic destructions that people suffer as a result of traffic crash.
“This programme has been carefully planned to showcase events that will generate consciousness on road safety among members of the public, particularly the motorists on preventive measures,” he said.
On the delivery of their task in the state, Kumapayi made it clear that the trauma occasioned by the recent #EndSARS protest was not enough to deter his officers and men from rendering quality and efficient services to the people of the state.
He said, “Our men have been instructed to go back to work. It’s a service we’re rendering to the motoring public. In spite of the assault on our staff, we’re fully committed to providing quality service to Nigerians.
“It’s on record that our staff have been maimed, assaulted, killed in the course of carrying out their responsibilities. But we won’t fold our hands and allow innocent citizens to die on our roads.
“At the same time, we’re very mindful of our safety because we’re not armed. Thank God people have started clamouring that FRSC should carry arms.’
The Anambra FRSC boss, however, called for more dedication from relevant stakeholders to the success of safer road environment, just as he assured continuous synergy towards the pursuance of public enlightenment programmes and aggressive enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.
“Our sensitization has already started with visits to churches, mosques and parks to emphasize the need to imbibe safety consciousness.
“I’ve directed my men to operate within the highway where the crashes are high. We’ll leave the townships to the state-owned traffic agencies,” he added.

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