The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Command in Kano State has deployed 1,820 personnel to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state.
Mr Zubairu Mato, the State FRSC Sector Commander, said this in a statement yesterday in Kano.
Mato said three ambulances, 16 patrol vans, one tow truck and personnel have been deployed on major routes and highways.
He said these were to ensure the free flow of traffic on critical road junctions, adding the measure will run from May 11 to May 17.
The Sector Commander said that the deployed personnel include 120 Officers, 1,250 regular Marshals and 450 Special Marshals.
He said they are to provide effective enforcement of traffic laws, traffic control at strategic locations (including routes to Eid Praying grounds), emergency rescue services and removal of road obstructions within the festive period.
“The objective of the operation is to enhance FRSC visibility on the road through deployment of personal and logistics to reduce road traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries.
“Ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 Health Protection Report 2021, speedy removal of obstruction on our roads and enlighten members of the public on the need to stick to road safely rules during the festive period.
“The Command has already commenced aggressive public sensitisation campaigns and stakeholders engagements to ensure effective compliance to the PTF’s directives on COVID-19 protocol for inter-state travels.
Similarly, the FRSC, Ogun Command, says it will deploy 1,295 personnel for special patrol during the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, said this yesterday in an interview with The Tide source in Ota.
Umar said the deployment would be with effect from Tuesday, May 11 to end May 17 to monitor and control gridlocks during the Eid-el-fitri festival.
He said the personnel comprising 710 regular marshals and 585 special marshals, would be deployed to check excesses of drivers on the highways.
The sector commander also said 28 patrol vehicles, eight ambulances, two tow trucks and 12 motor bikes would be deployed as logistics to various strategic areas, accident prone areas as well as construction zones.
“The FRSC enjoins motorists against speeding, dangerous driving, route violation, overloading and the use of phone calls while driving to avoid unnecessary crashes.
“Also, we appeal to them to use their seatbelts and not allow underaged children occupy the front seat of a car,” he said.
Also the FRSC says it has deployed no fewer than 170 personnel and three patrol vehicles on the Ore-Benin expressway for the Eld-el-Fitri celebration.
The FRSC Unit Commander in Ore, Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Aladenika, told newsmen that the kick off of the Special Patrol yesterday was to ensure free flow of traffic on the Ore-Benin expressway.