Gross negligence: APFFLON berates Federal Road Safety Corps
.Calls for professionalism on duty, proper orientation
By Mcanthony Onuoha
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been vehemently lampooned by African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON), for negligence to its statutory duties on the Federal roads, which one amongst them is to ensure proper checks on vehicles for road worthiness, as well as proper documentation.
In a statement issued in Lagos, the National President of the Association, Otumba Frank Ogunojemite, criticised FRSC for restricting its dragnet to private vehicles while trucks and articulated vehicles ply the roads freely and irresponsibly, pointing out that most of them don’t have proper documents and are not road worthy.
The APFFLON National President stated further, “In most cases, drivers of commercial vehicles are not licensed to operate, as some of them are mentally unstable while some are not properly informed, thereby conducting themselves in most unprofessional manners, especially while on transit” .
The Association alleged that FRSC is anxiously on the lookout for kick-backs rather than safety on Federal roads, blaming cases of seemingly avoidable accidents on highways on its negligence and lack of efficiency.
Otumba Ogunojemite alleged, “Most personnel of FRSC indulge in underhand activities that have resulted in collateral damages via avoidable accidents. Allowing buses, heavy duty trucks and articulated vehicles ply the highways without proper checks shows that the personnel don’t mean well for road users. Some of the drivers are mentally unstable, some are on drugs, coupled with issue of non insurance, as well as not being in the know of traffic rules. We cannot continue like this as a country, every traffic personnel jumps on the road daily just to line his pocket and not to ensure safety.”
Furthermore, the association alleged that the personnel of FRSC always subject private vehicles to frivolous checks with the sole aim of extorting money from their owners.
“Sometimes you see them park private vehicles by the road side arguing with the owners over what is not in line with their job description, in the end, they request for money. When it is not readily available, they resort to unnecessary delay and embarrassment. This is the height of impunity and gross abuse of professional ethics.”
Continuing, the Association advised the agency to wake up from its slumber and re- orientate its personnel to always conduct themselves in most professional manners and also exhibit patriotism, lamenting that those losing their lives and investments in road accidents daily because of FRSC non compliance with professional ethics are Nigerians.”