8th October, 2023
By Obinna Unaeze
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says there is a need for its personnel to carry firearms when discharging their duties, considering the level of security challenges across the country.
Corps Marshal Dauda Biu stated this during the inauguration ceremony of the 1,762 personnel who just concluded their four-month basic course at the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC), Kontagora, Niger.
Biu, who was represented by Shehu Zaki, a Deputy Corps Marshal, said that the measure would ensure adequate protection for the personnel who were often attacked in the course of duty by some road users or suspected criminals who take advantage of the security challenges in the country.
“It is left to the political leaders to arm the FRSC, but what we do know is that the issue of the FRSC bearing arms has been on our status since 1992.
“What we are still waiting for is for us to be given the go-ahead to start using arms.
“Right now, looking at the level of insecurity in the country, it is not out of place for the FRSC to start using arms to enable us to protect ourselves when the need arises,” Biu said.
However, he urged the cadet officers, cadet marshal assistants, and road marshal assistants to be dedicated to their duties towards bringing glory to the corps and the nation.
The corps marshal urged the personnel to be patriotic and exhibit the highest level of discipline, honour, integrity, accountability, transparency, courtesy, confidentiality, decency, loyalty, and team spirit in discharging their duties to ensure success.
Biu said, “As we tackle the challenges of nation-building and sustainable development in a complex operational environment, you will soon face reality.
“It has therefore become imperative that I sound a very strong caution that is aimed at protecting and preserving your lives by discharging your duties objectively.
“You must constantly abide by the regulations that guide work ethics as you carry out your constitutional roles.
“Without this, you will be doing a lot of damage to yourself, the corps and the nation as a whole.*
He thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, for approving the use of the training facility and also commended the army trainers for their contribution to ensuring a successful exercise.
Earlier, Mr Yakubu Muhammad, Camp Commander, said that among the commissioned personnel were 204 cadet officers, 402 cadet marshal inspectors, and 1,156 road marshal assistants.
Muhammad said that during the four-month training, the cadets and other trainees were trained in road safety management, physical drill, and regimental ethics.
He also said that the corps recently introduced martial arts into the training to enable its personnel to defend themselves in the course of duty when the need arose.
“This is because we have not been authorised to carry firearms, so we should be able to defend ourselves when the need arises,” Muhammad said.
Also, Cadet Chime Martin, General Parade Commander, who spoke on behalf of the commissioned cadets and others, promised to utilise the knowledge acquired to create a safe motoring environment in the country.