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FRSC Lagos Command sets up Operation Orange Impact to ease traffic – By: Cliffsimeon Akalonu

Quarterly Retreat accounted for its activities within the period under review.

Making a presentation during the retreat in Lagos, the FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, said his command has initiated a Special Traffic Control Intervention called Operation Orange, aimed at easing traffic within the state; and it “is carried out every Monday and Friday of the week,” he stated.

He revealed that his command deployed bikes, patrol vehicles and additional personnel to strategic areas along the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and other corridors where there were traffic gridlocks within the state; aims at improving the Corps’ visibility and response to gridlock and crashes along the corridors.

CC Ogungbemide gave Comparative Analysis of Surveillance between First Half of year 2020/2021, saying that: “In a bid to curb the corrupt practices of patrol men in Lagos Sector, a comparative analysis on the number of arrest made between January to June, 2020 was compared to the number of arrest made in January to June, 2021.

He noted that: “The analysis shows that in 2020, between January and June the total number of two (2) arrest were made while in the same period of January to June, 2021 the total number of arrest made increased to five (5) which shows a difference of three (3) arrest made in the period under review.”

The FRSC Lagos Sector Commander said that his command embarked on “Operation Orange Impact” which he revealed that “it’s helpful in decongesting traffic gridlock in some identified areas, prone to traffic in the state.”

He further revealed that: “The command equally embarked on a joint enforcement operation with the Vehicle Inspection Services (personnl) to clamp down on rickety vehicle and unlatched containers within the state,” and according to him, “this effort has led to drastic reduction of such vehicles plying the roads.”

CC Ogungbemide further revealed that enforcement of ‘Number Plate’ and ‘Drivers License’ violation penalization was a huge success; as it led to the increase in collection of original driver’s license from the Board of Internal Revenue, he submitted.

He noted that “stakeholders collaborations is also key and in line with the 2021 Corps’ Strategic Goals.”

This he said that the Command has sustained as evident during the donation of a Patrol Vehicle (JAC PICKUP) by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund on the 15th of April 2021,” as well as during another donation of Patrol Vehicle (NISSAN PICKUP) to the Command by Hon. James A. Faleke; a Member of Federal House of Representative, representing Ikeja Constituency on the 28th day of May, 2021.

CC Olusegun Ogungbemide further stated that a 2.5KVA Electricity Generating Set was donated to Ikotun Outpost by Special Marshal, Isolo Outpost as well as receipt of woods and roofing sheets to mend the leaking roof.

“Ikorodu, Iba, Lagos Island and Ojota Units of the Sector Command were not left out” according to him as “Plastics Chairs, Tables, White Maker Board, Gotv Decoder and Executives Chair were donated to the Units” respectively, the Sector Commander confirmed.

Stressing on emerging issues and challenges facing some Unit Commands in RS2.1 Lagos, CC Ogungbemide mentioned Shortage of Operatives, Patrol Vehicles, Computer Systems to be used in the Duty Room as Staff Personal Computers, Internet Facility, Shortage of Staff, Office Space as needed in Ikorodu, Volatile Environment (Cultism and Ritualists), bunkering activities and bad roads causing constant crashes in that axis.

He said that in preparation for the Second Quarter of 2021 that: ”The Command will enhance the Corps’ Enforcement , Preparedness and Strategies as the command will organize a Special Intervention Patrol tagged ‘Operation Keep Safe’ during  rainy season and ‘Operation Herald’ in the remaining half of the year while sustaining the Operation keep safe.”

He also said that the state will engage in intelligent daily patrol operation driven and enhanced by mobile technology which, according to him, “will be achieved by leveraging on the E-Ticketing Platform, Verification of NDL/Road Worthiness with the 3-D Barcode and the use of ‘askniid.com’ for Insurance Verification and E-Recording of Violation and Arrest Incidents.”

“Lagos Sector Command will improve on Smart–Burst Surveillance and Enforcement with targeted offences (OLV, SLV, UPWD, DUI) and deploy the use of breathalyzers’ once every month of the remaining half year,” he assured.

He said that the command will engage in RTSSS and Safe-to-Load Monthly Special Patrol.

“We will also prepare and review patrol routes, mapping first week of every month.”

“Clearing obstructions in the state within 2 hours on daily basis; Repositioning and sustaining Road Safety Programmes,” the command according to the Sector Commander “will organize RTSSS and DSSP Stakeholders Meeting, Compliance Inspection and Enforcement”.

He promised that his command “will continue to ensure adequate enlightenment of the public for instance; Safe Driving Campaigns, Traffic and Safety Updates for National Traffic Radio at least 2 times per day; Engage in domesticated PE in Churches, Mosques, Markets, Organizations as well as Town Hall Meetings, at least six times for the remaining months of the year.”

“Sustain of early Morning Crying in Motor Parks, Continual RTSSS Awareness, Visit to Unregistered Fleet Operators, Prompt Response to Road Traffic Crashes (RTC), Daily deployment of the Command’s Ambulance, Hospital and Tow Trucks Directory to be kept inside patrol vehicles, Equip Ambulance with adequate rescue materials, Post Crash Hospital follow-ups, Expand Scope of RTC investigation to 1 DT and Training of  more Crash Investigators, are all captured in our Scope of Operation for the remaining months of the year,” Ogungbemide revealed.

Closing his report, CC Olusengun Ogungbemidehe, urged Federal Road Safety Commission Management to look into increasing allocation to Departments in various Command Formations as according to him, “this will go a long way in resolving various teething issues.”

CC Olusegun Ogungbemide passionately noted that: “The use of Radar Guns and Vehicles – inbuilt with Speed-Detective Devices to check excessive speed on our highways cannot be overemphasized.”

With current state of insecurity in the country, CC Ogungbemide appealed to his Organisation’s Management to look into “our personnel being Armed especially for Self Defense and Operational Activities; and in line with Section 19 of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007.

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