The Federal Road Safety Corps [FRSC] on Wednesday said it has provided necessary protective tools for its personnel following the recent Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, outbreak in Nigeria.
The Corp Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, at a strategic training session with some commanding officers, said provision of the tools became necessary due to constant contact with different individuals by personnel during operations.
“As a public-facing government agency, the Corps’ operatives are in constant contact with victims of road crashes in the course of rescue activities and also offer medical services to members of the public at our road side clinic located along strategic routes of the highways, hence the need to make these provisions in order to safe guard our personnel from unforeseen circumstances tied to the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.
He said tools such as sanitizers, gloves, gabs, nose guards, clinic gowns and everything required for the protection of the agency’s personnel have been provided.
Mr. Oyeyemi added that the protective tools have been provided for corps clinics especially the roadside clinics.
He said the training for the officers came due to the need to appraise and strengthen the policies of the corps to achieve better results.
He said the session will provide rare platforms to evaluate the corps’ projections, activities and possibly re-align its policies in order to achieve set goals for the year under review.
“We are looking to further strengthen our policies that we have been working on. And as we are moving towards the end of the year, there is need for us to appraise the level of patrol operations and the crashes to be able to take important policy decisions so as to move forward to achieve the goals set for the year,” he said.
Mr. Oyeyemi said plans to commence construction of 20,000 housing units across Nigeria for Corp personnel have been concluded.
He said the focus of the housing initiative, a partial fulfilment to resolve staff welfare will be on “one man one house” residential arrangement.
This arrangement in collaboration with Federal Mortgage Banks and other stakeholders will provide affordable houses for personnel.