The Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has pledged to continue to support the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Command in the state in its ongoing campaigns to create safer road environment, saying government will continue to embark on road construction and promotion of road safety policies. He stated this in Kano on Tuesday, while commissioning the newly constructed FRSC office complex as part of its policy of building permanent office structures for its Commands across the country.
The Governor commended the FRSC for the initiative of the office structures and thanked the Federal Government for considering Kano as one of the benefitting states in the federation. He expressed optimism that the edifice would provide conducive working environment for the staff towards improved service delivery in road safety management. He called on the staff to make the best use of the facilities to achieve greater outcome in preventing road traffic crashes.
Dr Abdullahi Ganduje promised to enunciate policies and programmes that could complement what the FRSC is doing to keep the roads safer, stressing that road construction and rehabilitation would continue to be given priority by his administration. He noted that the Kano State Road Traffic Management Agency (KAROTA) would be empowered for improved performance.
The Governor lauded the personnel of the FRSC in the state for supporting the government in its various development programmes, promising to collaborate more for safer road environment in the state. He called for regular maintenance of the new edifice, stressing that the state government will sustain its support for policies and programmes that could enhance the capacity of people of the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi restated the appreciation of the FRSC leadership and entire staff to the Federal Government for its support for the policy of constructing permanent office structures for the FRSC commands nationwide. He described as successful, the outcome of the program in the last three and half years which has produced 8 benefitting states with Kano being the 9th in the federation that have so far benefitted.
The Corps Marshal added that more of the completed projects would be commissioned before the end of the year. He expressed appreciation to the Kano State Government for its support to the FRSC especially in procuring the land title for the project. Oyeyemi further disclosed that the poor conditions of the FRSC offices and the hard-line postures of some of the landlords hosting the Corps’ offices were parts of the factors that made the policy of building permanent office structures for its commands across the country inevitable.
He expressed optimism that with sustained support from the federal government and focus of the Management to the program, the entire country would have been covered in the next two year. The FRSC Boss solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians in the campaigns to restore sanity on the nation’s highways by obeying traffic rules and regulations..
He expressed the readiness of members of the Corps to work towards achieving the goal of safer road environment in the country, especially during the end of year special patrol and solicited the support of all for the success of the exrrcise.
Highlight of the occasion was the guided tour of the facilities of the new office building undertaken by the Governor and some special guests including the Deputy Governor and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi 11, who was represented.
The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by some members of the State Executively Council and top government functionaries, including the Assistant Corps Marshal in charge of Technical Services Department, National Headquarters Abuja, Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone RS1 Headquarters Kaduna, representatives of the security agencies, members of the transport unions and members of public.