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Absence of heavy duty cranes slow down rescue operation

06 September 2012, 14:17

Edo - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has attributed its inability to remove crashed vehicles and victims from accident scenes to its inability to acquire heavy duty cranes.

The FRSC Zonal Commander in charge of Edo, Delta and Anambra, Mr Wole Olaniran, made the disclosure on Thursday in Benin.

Olaniran said that the corps was more than ever committed to ensuring that the roads within the zone were save for motorists and other users to drive on, as well as to save lives.

He quickly added that ``we have reduced our response time to accident scenes to less than 20 minutes from the time of the receipt of any distress call’’.

``Unfortunately, our operations in rescue and evacuation of crashed vehicles and victims from accident scenes are made difficult as we do not have heavy duty cranes.

``Because we rely on sister agencies and private collaborators to make these cranes available, the logistics involved increases our time of response and thus hinders our evacuation operations,’’ he said.

Olaniran said that because transportation was at the heart of government’s agenda, ``FRSC, will contribute its quota to ensure that the transport sector is healthy, safe and secure for all Nigerians.

``In this regard, FRSC is determined to deliver on its mandate, as it is ready to chat a new course.

 ``Our plan, therefore, is to ensure that our visibility on the highway is increased massively in enforcement and in rescue of accident victims in the event of road crash.

``And to have a robust public enlightenment to ensure that the people are educated on the dangers of reckless driving on the road.

``These are the issues we are bringing into the front burner in our strategy,’’ he said

The commander explained that his command was trying to ensure that the level of fatality in some notable accident prone black spots in the states under his zone was reduced to the barest.

He named corridors to include the Auchi-Benin; Onitsha-Owerri; Onitsha-Enugu and the Ore-Benin high ways.

Olaniran said that part of the measure evolved was the mobile squad weekly patrol, special operations carried out on these corridors to curtail the speed limits of motorists, as well as create in the minds of road users their presence on the roads.

He appealed to motorists, other road users and good Samaritan to always call the FRSC on a toll-free line on `122’ to assist the corps in responding promptly to accident scenes and to increase the possibility of saving lives.



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