Seeks National Light’s collaboration
IT was a moment of eventful deliberations, as the Management and Staff of Anambra Newspapers And Printing Corporation, publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka Ọ Dị Taa Igbo Newspaper and Sportslight Xtra, received the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Anambra State Command, Corps Commander Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi.
The courtesy visit, which took place at the corporation’s headquarters, in Awka, Anambra State Capital, was attended by some high ranking officers in the state’s sector command, including the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. Paschal Anigbo, Assistant Commander in charge of Operations, ACC. Okora Awasan, the Sector’s Provost Officer, RC. Ada Igwilo and Staff Officer to the Sector Commander, DRC Kingsley Iloduba.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Corps Commander Kumapayi, who appreciated the management and staff of the organisation for their warm reception, said he came to identify with the media organisation for the hand of fellowship it has seen them extend to the FRSC in the state, as well as seek the sustenance and strengthening of such synergy and long-standing relationship between the two agencies.
He described media as the backbone of FRSC, and the press men as the closest friends of the corps, given their masterful usage of the power of the pen in facilitating their works, communicating their safety messages to the populace, and securing the public’s feedback and reaction on the activities and programs of the corps. He also extolled the press for rescuing them whenever the need arises, especially when the federal government attempted merging the FRSC with the Nigerian Police Force; maintaining that with such inestimable role of the press, the corps has finally come to stay, following the enactment of FRSC Establishment Act of 2007.
The FRSC helmsman disclosed that they usually roll out programs and activities to pursue or work with in each year, in order to ensure maximum safety on the roads, while also stating that their 2019 ember month campaign had long kicked off on 2nd September, and will span till 18th December.
He said, “here in Anambra, we have set some programs and targets in line with the strategic goal of the FRSC in the country for the year 2019. Every year, we always have some initiatives and measures we put in place so as to ensure safe motoring environment in the country.
“Among some of the things we tend to pursue or achieve this year include: increasing the visibility of the FRSC through continual enforcement, prompt and regular discharge of our duties, and involvement of the press in our activities, programs and rescue services; reducing the rates of road crashes and fatality by 20% and 25% respectively; enhancing our safety education and sensitisation to ensure it gets to the road users and the motoring public.”
Continuing, he said, “we also pursue to improve the Road Safety observatory, with regards to researches on the causes of road traffic crashes, as well as data collection and analysis on incidences of road crashes.
“We equally aim at strengthening our stakeholders’ collaboration with the relevant agencies, organisations and stakeholders, especially the media, being one of the reasons why we are here today, firmly believing that National Light is one of our first strong stakeholders here in Anambra, and that with our continuous partnership and synergy, we can successfully ensure a safer motoring environment here in Anambra State.”
The FRSC helmsman further appreciated Gov. Willie Obiano for his tremendous support to the corps and for his giant strides in ensuring maximum road safety in the state, especially by installing traffic lights at the various critical locations where they are needed, and by maintaining zero tolerance to potholes on the roads in the state.
He attested that there has been a huge difference between the figure of the rate of road traffic crashes recorded this year and the one recorded last year, and further confirmed that, aside the efforts of the state government and the FRSC; the media and stakeholders have a greater share of credit in the testimony, including the National Light, due their tremendous roles, and synergy with the FRSC in the state.
These synergy and collaboration with National Light, he said, deserved to be sustained and consumately strengthened, especially in the area of publicising of the FRSC’s activities and messages to get to every nook and cranny of the state, in the area of championing the corps’ programs, such as the Ember Month Campaign, End of the Year Special Patrol, and other such programs; and in the area of producing their flyers, posters and other information/communication leaflets for them; maintaining that those were the main reasons for the visit, having seen that the media organization is capable of doing that.
Responding, the MD/Editor-in-Chief of Anambra Newspapers And Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, described the visit as apt, given the fact that consolidating on such synergy and strengthening the already long-standing relationship and collaboration between the media house and FRSC will go a long in revolutionizing the entire southeastern region and peaking Anambra State to a high echelon when it comes to road safety matter.
Sir Nnabuife, who earlier noted that ANPC is the longest-thriving state-owned newspaper in the country and the best newspaper in the South-East of Nigeria, both in content and in packaging; further highlighted some other things done by the organisation and other services they render, aside their publication of three newspapers —the National Light Newspaper (which he described as the organization’s flagship newspaper), Ka Ọ Dị Taa Igbo Newspaper, and the Sportslight Xtra, which have all earned the organisation a plethora of awards.
These other services rendered by the organization, as he highlighted include: printing of posters, flyers, handbills, banners and other information/communication leaflets; media consultancy, mobilization and advertorial services; rental of events spaces for indoor and outdoor activities (the ANPC Event Hall and the ANPC Scenic Garden); as well as event planning/undertaking and entertainment services (through the National Light Art House), among other services, maintaining that the organization always dares to be the best in each of these beats.
Reminiscing his personal experience and the organization’s long-standing relationship with the FRSC, Sir Nnabuife avowed the organization’s consummate support to the Corps in championing her activities and programs, even as he confessed their willingness and readiness to sustain and strengthen the relationship, synergy and collaboration between the two agencies.
“You can see we already have a good long-standing relationship, even during the period of your predecessor, Mr. Samuel Ajayi, who unfortunately died in the service. “So, we would want that relationship and collaboration to continue and to thrive even much stronger, because it is our collective responsibility. And through that, we will be able to achieve a safer and saner traffic situation in Anambra State.” Nnabuife in his word.
He further noted the safer and saner traffic will be easily achieved in Anambra, given as the state is blessed with media who are ready to work with the Corps and a Governor who has the interest and safety of the people at heart, as proved by his continual support to the state’s FRSC and his urgent and regular intervention in certain critical areas that affect the safeness of the road and that of the road users.
The visit was further glittered by touring of the FRSC Boss and his men round the premises of the ANPC, as led by Sir Nnabuife who vividly explained what takes place where, and how each can be of great benefit to the FRSC and her relationship and collaboration with the organization.
Corps Commander Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi is a pioneer staff of the Federal Road Safety Corps, and was among the first set of corps members who started the FRSC in the country in the year 1988, during President Ibrahim Babangida regime.
A tested and trusted administrator in road safety management, he has served in different states in different capacities. He served as the Unit Commander in some places like Adamawa State, served as a Sector Commander in some places like the River State, and also served in Imo State as the Head of Operation and the Acting Sector Commander in the state.
Until his posting to assume office as the Sector Commander FRSC, Anambra State Command early this year, Kumapayi was the Corps Transport Standardization Officer, FRSC National Headquarters, Abuja.
In another development, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has launched intensive highway patrol and traffic decongestion operation across Anambra State to curtail road mishaps and loss of lives during the last quarter of the year, usually known as “Ember” months.
FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr. Andrew A. Kumapayi, made this known while speaking to pressmen in his office, and advised motorists to always comply with the existing rules and regulations on the highways to avoid accidents during the busy period.
Mr. Kumapayi revealed that the command recovered unregistered 64 tricycles and 37 motorcycles suspected to be stolen within the year, and cautioned drivers to obtain driving license and other requirements like spare tyre, fire extinguisher, jack, etc, before embarking on any journey.
According to him, the FRSC headquarters directed all the state commands to embark on the intensive patrols and traffic decongestion exercise coded “Operation Zero Accident” from October to December 2019 till January 2020.
He noted that as a transit state, several travelers pass through Anambra to Enugu and Asaba, while articulated haulage vehicles move around the state to deliver goods which necessitated regular presence of the FRSC officials to control traffic from morning till night.
Mr. Kumapayi further disclosed that ‘Class A’ license are for buses and cars which are obtained with N6,350 for three years and N10,450 for five years whereas tricycles (‘Keke’) are charged N3,000 and N5,000 for licenses covering three and five years, respectively.
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