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Road corps tackle Lagos highway traffic snarls

05 December 2014, 07:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps has initiated a partnership with the Nigeria Customs Service to address the traffic challenges along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos.

This development was disclosed in a statement signed by Stella Uchegbu, the Corps Public Education Officer.

Uchegbu said Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, during a courtesy visit to the management of the Nigeria Customs Services said the Corps has drawn a robust intervention strategy which includes deployment of the heavy duty trucks which were donated by the World Bank in addition to other logistics and personnel along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway to restore normal traffic flow along that axis.

“As part of measures towards achieving this, the FRSC Corps Marshal further solicited the support of the Nigeria Customs Service for the inauguration of a task force made up of FRSC and Customs operatives to further reverse the challenges along the Oshodi-Apapa road which is linked to the Tin Can Port and several tank farms,” Uchegbu said.

She said the Corps Marshal also made reference to on-going collaboration between the two government agencies through data sharing on vehicles in Nigeria, which has yielded dividends in the area of recovering stolen vehicles.

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The Corps Marshal advocated the need to build on this synergy and recalled the Corps’ transition to digital operations which has also enhanced its capacity on enforcement of traffic rules and regulations through the drivers’ license and other numerous initiatives thus enthroning sanity on the nation’s driving culture.

“Through the new drivers’ license, we have eradicated the issue of multiple acquisition of drivers’ license by motorists,” he said.

He also urged the Nigeria Customs management to complement the Corps’ efforts to reduce traffic infractions during the yuletide by ensuring that its personnel comply with traffic rules and regulations.

Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, commended the FRSC for its initiatives towards ensuring seamless traffic flow across the country especially during the yuletide and pledged the support of the Nigeria Customs in this direction.

He also identified effective data collation and management as key to crime detection adding that intelligence gathering and collaboration among relevant government agencies will go a long to resolve socio-economic challenges confronting the country.

- CAJ News


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