By Tony John, Port Harcourt
Former Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo said the responsibility of keeping our roads safe and orderly rests with every citizen in the country.
Danagogo said so during his decoration as Honorary Special Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The former Minister of Sports, who was honored for his many contributions and support to road safety in the country, Nigerians have a lot to contribute in reducing the threat of traffic.
“I will start by thanking you for this privilege to be honored and recognized by the Marshall Corps of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, as one of those who should help ensure mental health on our roads . I see it as an honor and also a responsibility. Thank you for the recognition,” he said.
“I don’t take things like this lightly. I am passionate about common sense, order and harmony in society, especially in open urban spaces. It is a passion that has driven me for a long time throughout my years in the public service. When I see volunteers like the FRSC Special Marshals, I respect and admire them for the sacrifices they make.
“We have a lot to do to make sure we stem the ugly trend of traffic violations. Road safety is hard work, but I always say we have to keep working to get to the point where we’ll do it right as individuals, businesses or government.
Danagogo recalled that as Commissioner of Urban Development and Land Use Planning between 2011 and 2013, he had a better understanding of the rigors of traffic and road management.
“I understand that people insult you sometimes. I sometimes had to get off to intervene in traffic situations. The way I did my job allowed me to be on the road a lot because development control is on the road. If you have to supervise it well, you have to be there and I was there with a supervision team that often encountered traffic situations. So I understand the rigors you are going through.
However, he urged the FRSC to also up their game by providing traffic guidelines and issuing driving licenses to prevent unqualified people from getting the licence, as he questioned why people without knowledge of traffic rules get driver’s licenses.
“The FRSC also has a lot to do to clean up traffic and accident control by only issuing licenses to qualified members of the public. We must make the driver’s license an expensive document and not just an identity card.
“The way and the manner of obtaining the FRSC driving license must be based on acceptable standards which involve going to driving school, learning the codes, being interviewed and tested on driving. These protocols naturally discipline drivers.
“I believe with the lessons we learned here from the old traffic management agency that was set up, the current task force system and even the lessons of LASMA in Lagos and FRSC and those of management roads we can forge a system that works for Port Harcourt and Rivers State That’s what I always envision and I believe in the near future it will happen in our state so when you drive in the streets of Port Harcourt and the state in general you will be proud of.
“I am very optimistic that we will soon get things right as a government, along with road safety and special marshals to achieve an orderly and controlled traffic system. Once again thank you,” he said.
FRSC Rivers State Command Sector Commander Salisu Galadunci noted that FRSC Special Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi personally reviewed Danagogo’s CV and personally endorsed the honorary decoration on him in recognition of his assistance in promoting activities. road safety in the state.
He said: “This is an honor and a celebration bestowed on notable citizens who are so dear to the FRSC. Since taking office and before my arrival, I have been informed of your assistance to the FRSC.
“I personally remember when we wanted to bring in the mini license plate factory, I told you about the benefits of the factory to the state and you personally took us to the center assigned to the factory and have supported us with some logistics to bring this. Today, the center produces daily for the State. Every week, we produce no less than a thousand plates for citizens who register their vehicles. You have made my stay here very easy.
“By this decoration, you are also empowered to control traffic and interact with other special marshals.”
The State Coordinator, Special Marshals Unit, Mr. Theophilus Igbobo, also noted that Danagogo was honored with the title of Honorary Special Marshal due to his many personal contributions to the FRSC.