BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI — The Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Osita Chidoka has said that the Commission would deploy 33,000 Road Marshals and Special Marshals to monitor vehicular movements across the country during the forthcoming Easter celebrations.
Chidoka said that the men and officers of the commission had already been mobilized for the task adding, “the figure is made up of the 18,000 staff of the Commission and 15,000 Special Marshals.”
He spoke, yesterday, while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi shortly after addressing officers and men of the command, stressing that the commission would do everything possible to ensure safety on the roads during the festivities.
He however, advised road users to be conscious of the rights of other motorists by observing traffic rules to reduce carnage on the roads.
Earlier, while addressing his officers and men of the Makurdi Command, Chidoka said that the Commission had commenced the weeding of corrupt officials, warning that any of them caught extorting money from members of the public would be fired.
He said: “We all know that our work is critical to the well-being of the society because we do what is required by God to save lives. Therefore our uniforms cannot be weapons of extortions. And it is not for making money from motorists and members of the public; we have therefore started the weeding of our officials caught engaged in any form of corrupt practices on our roads.
”It will no more be business as usual because times have changed and we must all strive to uphold the integrity of the corps at all times and we must go a step further to make conscious efforts to improve on relationship with our customers who are members of the public,” he stressed.