John ODHE, Yenagoa.
The Bayelsa State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says one of the major challenges faced by the corps is the forging of drivers’ licenses by some criminal minded elements in the state.
The state sector commander, Robert Ogom who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone lamented that the act by touts posed a major threat to the smooth operations of the corps.
He noted that while the mandate of FRSC was to operate in all motorable roads across the country, production of fake driver’s licenses by unsuspecting touts had hindered its functions, saying it was partly responsible for the continued existence of unqualified drivers on roads within and outside the state.
The sector commander reiterated the commitment of the corps to ensuring that all motorable environments in their operational jurisdiction were safe, emphasising that part of their core mission is to regulate, enforce and coordinate all road traffic and safety management activities.
“Our mission statement reads: to regulate, enforce and coordinate all road traffic and safety management activities,” he said.
“These would be ensured through effective patrol operation, prompt rescue services, improved vehicle administration and sustained public enlightenment as well as promotion of stakeholders’ cooperation and robust data management,” he added.
According to the state FRSC helmsman, upon his assumption of office as the Corps Commander, one problem he noticed was the indiscriminate parking and unauthorised bus stops used by transporters and vehicle owners plying the state capital.
He expressed his readiness to collaborate with the state Ministry of Transport and sister agencies to curb the menace associated with this, calling on the government to mark out bus stops and appropriate parking points within the state capital so as to checkmate illegal bus stops.
Ogom, however, expressed his satisfaction on the compliance to Covid-19 protocols by vehicle owners and transporters in the state.
He noted that reports reaching him from his Officers and Men show that motorists are adhering strictly to the pandemic control rules and regulations for passengers.