Front Row L- R: ACC Emma Fekoya; FRSC Lagos  Sector Commander, CC Olusegun Ogungbemi; Ali Bwrama and O.O Ogunobi; during the sector commander’s visit to Ikeja unit command this week

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By Cliffsimeon Akalonu

The new Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemi, has visited the Ikeja Unit Command of the FRSC, to familiarize with officers and men of the command, as well as paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Ikeja.

During the visit, the Sector Commander inspected facilities and officers of the command and promise to push their challenges to the appropriate quarters for immediate action as he commended the Ikeja Unit Command for their steadfast and activeness to responding to traffic situations within their area of jurisdiction.

In his speech, he said “my visit here today is to give a matching order to officers and men of the Ikeja unit command, as it regards to the Lagos State demand on the reduction of traffic crashes. We are here to save lives, we are here to reduce traffic crashes as well as educate the general public, on the best way to be road safety conscious and I cannot do it alone without the support of officers and men of the unit commands.”

According to his comment, “my primary aim to visit the Ikeja unit command and subsequent visit to other commands, is to make sure that their welfare is been taken care of without hindrance of any kind, because by taking care of someone, it will make him/her to sit up to his duty, because to who whom much is given much is expected”, Ogungbemi said.

He said Lagos is a very wide smart city and “you need to enlighten your staff, to update them on the  latest technology and human ideas as to blend them to fit in line with professionalism.”

The new Sector Commander, also warned officers and men of FRSC in Lagos, to avoid common mistakes that may tarnish the image of the Corps. To this note, he warned that “on no account, should any officer in Lagos, have physical interference with any driver or any traffic offender(s) that may lead to fighting or assault.”

He also charged all the unit heads of operations in Lagos state, to help the command by identifying stubborn and hot-tempered officers amongst them and withdraw them off the road.

The Lagos FRSC boss said there should be no inequality in the management of Special Marshals and Regular marshals. He said, “the reason why we are still serving today is because of the Special Marshal and we cannot deny their role in making sure that road traffic crashes is reduced to the minimum.”

He also tasked the Special Marshals under FRSC Ikeja RS2.16, to be up and doing as well as the Regular Marshals, stating that there is a heavy and big task ahead, on the closure of third mainland bridge.

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The Lagos Sector Commander who revealed that his appointment to Lagos, is his fourth coming to Lagos after he served in different locations and capacity with the FRSC, also visited the palace of Oba of Ikeja, Prince  Barr. Isiaka Adekunle Apena (regent to the stool of Ikeja), to pay him a courtesy visit and seek for his support and collaboration in combating road traffic, especially in the Ikeja axis of Lagos state.

Responding, Prince Barr. Isiaka Adekunle, who is to replace his father, the Oba of Ikeja, prayed that God will see to the good work of the FRSC in making sure that lives and properties are saved on the roads.

He also pledged his support that all the security tools within his powers will be used to assist the corps in making sure that there is traffic orderliness in the state especially in Ikeja.

In a goodwill message, the Coordinator, Special Marshal RS2.16, S. Olapitan, said he was happy with the visit and “this shows that the Sector Commander is up for work and we pray that he will make a record.

Olapitan also used the opportunity to remind the Sector Commander, of the Special Marshal’s request of assisting them with their dilapidated office building as well as providing them with some operational vehicles for the Special Marshals activities within and outside the state.