OFFICERS and men of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), have been tasked to gear up and align completely with the ongoing enforcement of the presidential restriction order on movement of people and vehicles especially across interstate borders to check the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the stringent call in Abuja, Wednesday in a statement signed the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem.
According to the statement, “officers should ensure physical distancing amongst vehicle occupants and carry out the presidential directives with vigour so as to contribute immensely in flattening the curve of the pandemic.”
Restating the commitment of the Corps towards sustaining existing collaborations with the Federal Government and state governments, in the fight against coronavirus, the Corps Marshal stated the corps would ensure that the order on restrictions were diligently and effectively enforced with all sense of professionalism, civility and resilience.
He stated that the Commanding Officers should ensure adequate deployment of their personnel on all routes as it moved into the first week of the two week extension of the lockdown, as announced President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stated: “Personnel must show diligence and ensure total enforcement of all the measures in place,” noting particularly “the ban on interstate travels, physical distancing amongst commuters, and policy on use of masks.”
Oyeyemi said that officers should sustain the initial order that no vehicle should be allowed to violate the directives as contained, “except the vehicles and the occupants are accredited essential workers with proof of identification.
“Commanding Officers must ensure vehicles are impounded and occupants handed over to the Police for prosecution in the Court of Law for contravening Presidential Order on restrictions, social distancing and stay at home.”
Opeyemi, who advised citizens to comply with the restriction order or face the wrath of law warned that essential workers not to be tempted into compromising the social distancing directives in vehicles “because coronavirus does not discriminate nor spare anybody irrespective of class or profession.”