- FRSC Seeks Joint Effort on Highway Security
The Federal Road Safety Corps, Bayelsa State Command, has emphasised the need for synergy between the corps and other security agencies in order to ensure security on the highways.
The FRSC, at a workshop in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, said all the security agencies were working for the same goal of maintaining law and order in the country.
The workshop was attended by personnel of the FRSC, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security services.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC, Port Harcourt Zone, Mr. Kingsley Agomoh, said traffic management was becoming increasingly complex in the country.
He said as part of the measures to tackle highway security issues, all the security agencies must work together, saying, “Until there is synergy between the FRSC and its sister security agencies, nothing much would be realised.”
He commended the Bayelsa State Command of the corps for building the capacity of its staff, saying the command was ranked third in the country during the assessments of states in traffic management.
Addressing the participants at the workshop, the State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr. Ikechukwu Igwe, said the workshop was aimed at building trust among personnel to work in collaboration with other sister agencies for the interest of peace and tranquility in the state.
He said the importance of synergy among security personnel to security of lives and property, especially on the highway, could not be over-emphasied.
Igwe said, “Security job is just like a tyre in a vehicle. The tyre carries the vehicle. When you look at the tyre, you have rims and other parts. None can work without the other. You remove the valve, it will not work; you remove the rim, it will not work, you can see that each one needs the other to function.
“For instance, I cannot say because I am a road safety official, I see a stolen car and I will not report to the police; I cannot see a person carrying illicit drugs and fail to report to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. I cannot say because I am a road safety official, I will see somebody carrying children in a way that looks suspicious and I will not alert NAPTIP or Immigration. We see that one way or the other, we need one another.
“At the officers’ level, we do not have problems. But at the lower levels, there is need for a synergy and that is why we have come together to look at ways we can contribute so that we can achieve the purpose for which the government pays all of us.”
The Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Don Awunah, said inter-agency relation was necessary in an effort to achieve maximum security for the people.
Awunah, represented by a police officer, Osagi Agans-Irabor, said, “When we collaborate, we can complement each other’s weakness and strength. I commend the FRSC for this workshop and we will continue to support each other in securing the environment.”
On his part, the State Commandant, NSCDC, Godwin Nwachukwu, said the command was also ready to support the FRSC operations to ensure more security on the highway.
Nwachukwu said, “Individually, we cannot achieve it. But when we do it collectively, we can have better results. We must support each other because we are working towards achieving the same objectives.”