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Lockdown: Oyeyemi warns FRSC officials against compromise

Precious Igbonwelundu

Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has warned his men against compromise as they commence enforcement of partial relaxation of the lockdown order.

He warned that no taxi carrying more than three persons including the driver should be granted passageway on any route, adding that all motor parks must adhere strictly to the guidelines which include compulsory use of face masks, provision of temperature check devices, sanitizers and handwashing points.

Oyeyemi also charged them to be vigorous and undertake their duties with all sense of responsibility.

These were contained in a statement released by the commission’s Public Education Officer (PEO) Bisi Kazeem Monday.

He said the charge was to keep the operatives on high alert regarding the imperatives of implementing to satisfaction the presidential directives with particular emphasis on the restriction on interstate travels, physical distancing amongst vehicle occupants, among others.

Oyeyemi ordered Commanding Officers to ensure that only vehicles conveying goods such as agro and petroleum products, medical supplies, relief, and construction materials, as well as essential services as directed by the president, are allowed to travel across states.

“In the same vein, buses must comply with the directives of conveying passengers without exceeding 50 percent of mandatory capacity (maximum of only 2 passengers on a row), while tricycles should carry only two passengers at a time, in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on physical distancing amongst commuters.

“This is as transport owners have been adequately communicated on maintaining environmental hygiene and provide temperature checks and hand washing/sanitizing points at the parks/terminal.

“As such, Commanding Officers should, with immediate effect engage the Transport Unions on the need to adhere to the prescribed number of passengers they are to carry.

“The Corps Marshal also ordered the personnel to ensure that defaulters are brought to book through the instrumentalities of already existing mobile court operations constituted for the lockdown enforcement.”

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