The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has assured Nigerians that it is prepared to participate in the efforts to create a conducive atmosphere for the success of the general election.
The election starts on Saturday with the Presidential and National Assembly election.
The assurance was given on Thursday by the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, while addressing journalists in Abuja.
According to FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, Oyeyemi told Nigerians that FRSC had always participated in election duties since the commencement of civil rule under the current democratic dispensation.
“In furtherance of this, the Corps developed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on its staff’s involvement in the elections and conducted capacity development programmes for the participating staff nationwide for them to have clearer understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the election duties,” the Corps Marshal stated.
He stated that FRSC had been given the responsibility of inspecting and certifying all vehicles that would be used by INEC to convey election materials and personnel to their operational areas.
He added that 1,328 personnel of the Corps were deployed for inspection and certification of the vehicles nationwide.
“To this end, a total of 58,812 vehicles have so far been inspected and certified, while the assignment is on going especially in areas where extra vehicles are required,” he stated.
Kazeem quoted the Corps Marshal as saying that 17, 937 personnel of the Corps had been deployed for election duties across the country, noting that while 5,144 of them were Officers, 12,793 were Marshals.
“These personnel are to support the Nigeria Police Force which is the lead agency in election security matters for redeployment to the various polling units in conjunction with members of other security agencies as well as enforcement of restriction order on vehicle movement during election hours,” the statement read.
“For the general safety and security of people on election day, FRSC has also deployed 77 Ambulances, 667 Patrol Vehicles and 18 Tow Trucks nationwide, while its Call Centre would remain open and functional to attend to all distress and emergency calls from members of the public,” it added.
Kqzeem further revealed that in addition to other personnel and logistics deployments made by the Corps across the country, 70 Senior Officers of the Corps had been deployed from the national headquarters to the various states of the federation to monitor the exercise and ensure that all the deployed personnel and logistics conformed to the terms of the operational procedures.
“Furthermore, we have warned our personnel on the need to take this assignment seriously and for them to be diligent, non-partisan and outstanding in their conduct before, during and after the elections,” it is further stated.
The Corps Marshal reassured Nigerians that like before, FRSC will continue to contribute its quota to the socio-economic development of the nation in support of civil authorities especially in the areas of safety administration and traffic management.