By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is helping in providing security for vehicles in Nigeria through the use of its data technology.
According to the Lagos Sector Commander, Mr.Olusegun Ogungbemide, the use of data technology has led to the recovery of stolen vehicles, and subsequent arrest of motor thieves.
Ogungbemide disclosed the use of the innovation to members of Transport Correspondents Association of Nigeria (TCAN) who visited him in his office on Thursday.
The FRSC chief expressed concern that in spite of road safety enlightenment campaigns carried out by his organization, motorists continue to disobey road safety rules and fail to maintain their vehicles so that they will be road worthy.
Some trucks and vehicles move on roads without head lamps, rear tyres and other essential parts, Ogungbemide pointed out.
On how to get rid of gridlocks on roads linking Apapa seaport, the road safety chief emphasized that a multi-modal means of transportation is needed to solve the problem.
He showed interest in the development of the railway modernization project that has been linked to the seaport, and expressed hope that it would provide succour.
He said that the support of stakeholders in the transport sector will contribute in tackling Apapa gridlock which has been persistent and has become a menace.
If all transport stakeholders collaborate with government officials, the traffic gridlock would be a thing of the past, the FRSC leader stated.
Ogunbemide commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State government for the introduction of the Traffic Management and Enforcement Compliance Team.
“As long as there is the volume of traffic on Apapa routes, the traffic will still persist, unless there is multi-modal transportation,” Ogunbemide declared.
He said completion of the rehabilitation of the Apapa Tin-Can Island Port road would also help in solving the challenges of the traffic in Lagos.
“The media has been assisting us in our operation,” Ogungbemile admitted, adding: “I must commend the collaboration with other transport agencies in Lagos State.”
He appreciated TCAN members for the visit and wished the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Yinka Aderibigbe, a quick recovery from an accident he had recently in Lagos.