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NIGERIA TO DEPLOY 20,000 PERSONNEL TO PATROL HIGHWAYS DURING EID-AL-FITR

The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it is l deploying 600 patrol vehicles, 15 tow trucks, 50 ambulances, 85 motorcycles and 20,000 personnel to patrol the highways during the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations this week.

Bisi Kazeem, the Head of Media Relations and Strategy at the commission, said in a statement here Sunday that the massive deployment along designated routes was part of measures being taken to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways.

The statement added that the operation would take effect from July 3 to 7 and was aimed at curbing road accidents in line the commission’s 2016 strategic goals of improving road safety in Nigeria.

“This year’s nationwide exercise, which is a partial fulfilment of the Corps 2016 Strategic Goals of reducing road crashes by 15 per cent and fatalities by 25 per cent, has become necessary to ensure safer road use, especially during the festive period,” the statement said.

“The special patrol also entails intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the nation.”

FRSC operatives would be deployed along designated Eid praying grounds as part of measures to ensure a free flow of traffic. Part of the nationwide engagement plan was a massive deployment of personnel and logistics along 23 designated critical corridors and accident black spots.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK