The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has tasked staff on the need to show diligence, commitment and sense of responsibility while performing their official assignments, saying those that display exceptional performance would be adequately rewarded. Oyeyemi gave the charge while addressing FRSC staff at the first Corps Marshal’s Parade held at the National Headquarters Abuja on Monday.
He expressed satisfaction with the general conduct of the staff during the last end of year special patrol and commended them for being committed to the assignment of making the roads safer for all travelers during the Christmas and New Year celebration. The Corps Marshal urged staff nationwide to sustain the aggression they displayed in traffic management during the ember months patrol in this year’s operational activities to ensure greater safety for all. He however expressed sadness over the death of two staff within the period.
Oyeyemi expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his untiring interest in the safety of lives and property of Nigerians on the roads, saying the presidential support to the Corps is evidenced by the provision of logistics and other operational materials that made the recent operations of the Corps a huge success. He appealed to all staff to reciprocate the gestures by remaining committed to the goals of making the nation’s roads safer for all throughout the year.
On staff welfare, the Corps Marshal restated his Management’s commitment to meeting the welfare needs of the staff through provision of conducive working environment and adequate provisions for post service life. In demonstration of his commitment to the annual promotion exercise, the Corps Marshal announced that this year’s promotion exercise would come up earlier, in order to allow the process to be completed on time, adding that unlike what happened last year, more vacancies are now available. He therefore, enjoined the affected staff to prepare well for the exercise.
On the 30th anniversary celebration of establishment of the FRSC, the Corps Marshal congratulated the entire staff, saying the contributions they have made over the years led to local and international recognition of the Corps as a functional lead agency in road safety management and traffic administration in the country, which serves as an example to other African countries. He however disclosed that in view of the economic situation of the country, the celebration would be done in low key.
The FRSC Boss urged staff to properly update their records in line with the circular sent to the Corps from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, warning that any staff that fails to fill the form as required could have his name removed from the salary payroll which is centrally prepared. He warned staff against rumour mongering, anonymous petition writing and any acts capable of bringing the integrity of the Corps to disrepute. Consequently, he banned Whatshapp groupings that are based on ranks, emphasizing that such platforms could be used to spread rumour, falsehoods and incitement which run contrary to regimental practice
The Corps Marshal appealed to staff to be more proactive in investing in their tomorrow through patronage of the existing staff welfare schemes, saying such measures would ensure that they have adequate provisions for their immediate financial needs upon leaving the service. He stresses that the experiences of those that left the service have shown that the usual pension allowance might not begin immediately after leaving service. This he said makes investment in the Staff Post Service Scheme (PSS) most imperative by staff.
He warned staff against indebtedness and abandonment of family responsibilities, stating that everyone must learn how to live within his means, adding that report of staff’s indebtedness to creditors or abandonment of family responsibilities which get to him will not be treated kindly. Speaking on rumour of recruitment in the Corps, the FRSC Boss stated categorically that no form of recruitment exercise is currently ongoing in the Corps, contrary to information being displayed on some websites aimed at defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public.
The Corps Marshal therefore warned members of the public to stay clear of such fraudsters, adding that whenever there is recruitment exercise by the Corps, members of the public would be fully notified of the development to enable eligible candidates apply on level playing ground.
Oyeyemi warned staff to stay clear of partisan political activities and avoid discussions that could show their political leaning, saying as members of regimental organization, staff of the Corps should remain neutral in political discussion and loyal to constituted authorities. He enjoined all staff to take their health seriously by undergoing regular medical checkups and seeking appropriate medical attention whenever the need arises.
The Corps Marshal promised to lead FRSC to greater glory through mobilsation of human and material resources in the spirit of collective responsibility in road safety management, and wished all staff the best in the New Year.