Akure - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday in Akure restated its commitment to reduce road accidents by at least 30 per cent by the end of the year.
The FRSC Corps Marshall, Osita Chidoka, made the pledge in a keynote address at the Special Marshals Conference for Zone RS 11, covering Ondo, Oyo and Osun states.
Chidoka, who was represented by Lucas Kinya, the Commanding Officer for the zone, said that the conference was designed to further sharpen the knowledge of volunteer road marshals on traffic management.
The conference had as its theme, “Volunteerism and Road Traffic Management in Nigeria: Option For Special Marshals”.
Chidoka said efforts of the volunteers in assisting regular marshals in instilling discipline on Nigerian roads had gone a long way to reduce carnage in the country.
He said that the infusion of the volunteer corps had helped in solving some problems of inadequate manpower and paucity of funds bedevilling the commission.
"Zone 11 has been noted to be one of the most accident-prone zones in the country; therefore, extra efforts are needed in the area to curtail the menace," Chidoka said.
He urged the volunteers to further imbibe the spirit of discipline and integrity “so that you will be able to exhibit same as you engage in instilling discipline on our road users''.
"As you go about doing your duties for the fatherland, motorists and commuters alike will view you as the mirror of the entire commission.
"Therefore, it is important that you maintain a high level of discipline so that you will continue to be good ambassadors of the commission," he said.
Tunde Ajiboye, the Zonal Coordinator of the Special Marshals, also thanked the volunteers for their efforts.
"Our joy is apparent because we have been able to contribute our quota to reducing carnage on our roads,” Ajiboye said.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, while declaring open the conference, urged the FRSC to consider paying stipend to the volunteers in the face of daunting financial challenges in discharging their duties.
Mimiko, who was represented by Commissioner for Transport, Nicholas Tofowomo, also solicited the provision of necessary Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment for them.
The governor said that deployment of ICT in road management “should include effective vehicle registration in a database that would be accessible to all agencies connected with road traffic management".