The Corps-Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that they would witness improved patrol operations as they enter what is popularly referred to as “ember months.”
“Ember months” refer to the last four months of the year – September, October, November and December.
There is the general belief that cases of road crashes are more during these months compared to the first eight months of the year.
But Boboye, who spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said officials of the commission were better placed to reduce carnage on the nation’s roads during the period.
He said, “I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to witness much improved patrol operations starting from next month, September towards October, November, December.
“I think we have got much support this year. Just early this week, we took delivery of the newly supplied ambulances by the World Bank through the Federal Ministry of Works and also with the logistics we have now, the personnel, I think we are going to do much better.
“Don’t forget that by last year for the same period compared to 2013, we were able to reduce crashes by 42 per cent and fatality by 46 per cent and I think and going with the trend we are going now, we have been able to stem the tide with 12 percent.
“I believe we are on course; the personnel have been trained and the training is continuous and the logistics are in place. And we are also devoting more time on public education and from September, we are commencing the enforcement of speed limiting device.”
Boboye said the enforcement of the speed limiting device would give the commission the leeway.
He added that the Operation Scorpion was ongoing and was dealing decisively with trailers, trucks, the issues of tyres, unsecured containers and unsecured loads.
He said over 1,600 vehicles had so far been impounded.