Enugu : Ugwuanyi Lauds Communities As He Inaugurates FRSC Academy Building In Udi - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Enugu : Ugwuanyi Lauds Communities As He Inaugurates FRSC Academy Building In Udi

                    • FRSC Admin Building
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has inaugurated the new Administrative Building of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Academy located at Udi area of in the state.

The FRSC Academy is the pioneer training insitution dedicated to road safety researches, training and management in Africa and is looking forward to morphing into full fledge university. 

The FRSC Academy was established in 2006 but relocated to the permanent site in Udi ,Enugu State in 2014.

The Academy is situated on 35.6 hectares of land in the hilly but serene community of Udi.
At the colourful ceremony, the Federal Government, Governors of the South East geo-political zone, Security Chiefs , Traditional Rulers  and other stakeholders  commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, for his administration’s support and efforts   towards the completion of the Administrative Building of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Academy, at Udi, Enugu state.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, expressed the  commendations of the Federal Government to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for deepening road safety practices in Nigeria by supporting the FRSC.

The SGF was represented by the Director, Permanent RS, OSGF Alhaji  Jamiu Adelabu Abdukalreem,  who urged other state governments, organisations  and Individuals to  emulate the good gestures of the Enugu state and support the FRSC 

The SGF reiterated the determination of the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to enhance inter modal transportation system in the country to enhance the country’s road safety management efforts regarding provision of adequate funding and necessary logistics for sustainable safety campaigns to rid the nation’s highways of road traffic crashes.

The SGF equally said the Buhari  administration was poised to facilitate the leading role of FRSC in road traffic administration and safety management in Africa. 

Earlier in his address, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the host Governor for his administration's support, including the promise by him to provide additional 15 hectares of land to support future developments in the FRSC Academy.
The Corps Marshal said the contribution by the Enugu  state Government coupled with the Federal Government's marching grant, facilitated the completion of the Administrative Building. 

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State in his goodwill message, expressed the commitment of the Imo State government to support the  FRSC.

Senator Uzodinma was represented at the event by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku.

The other governors in South East Geopolitical zone of Nigeria spoke in similar veins . 

The Ebonyi state Governor was represented by the State Head of Service Dr.  Chamberlain Nwele

The  Governor of Anambra State was represented by Special Adviser on Security, Air Vice Marshal Ben Chiobi (rtd).

The Governor of Abia state, was represented by the Abia State Commissioner of Transport. Mr. Godswill Nwanoruo 

While inaugurating the Administrative Building, Governor Ugwuanyi acknowledged the sacrifice made by the royal fathers and people of the three communities in Udi Local Government Area that jointly owned the parcel of the land where the FRSC Academy is located. 

The Governor also commended the lofty strides of the present leadership of the FRSC, in pursuing vigorously the provision of infrastructural facilities for the Corps which enabled the FRSC  Academy to move from the temporary site at Jos, to its permanent site at Udi.

The  Enugu State Governor explained that the completion of the Administrative Building was a tasking demand on the state government’s meager resources on his assumption of office.

The Governor noted that given his administration's passion for road safety and the synergy with the Corps as exemplified in the professional and technical support provided by the FRSC, he was encouraged to ensure the delivery of the Administrative Building, recalling that the Academy's pivotal role in the training of the staff of the Enugu State Traffic Management Agency and drivers of the Enugu State Government.

Reiterating his administration’s commitment to good governance and safety, Governor  Ugwuanyi, who started his address with the slogan "Enugu State is in the hands of God" , disclosed that he has prioritized road infrastructural development and maintenance of existing roads since the inception.

He expressed satisfaction that the state has improved with traffic lights provided within the urban roads.

The Governor conculded that his administration launched the State Traffic Management Agency to make Enugu roads safer and more user friendly,  conscious that safer roads would rencourage economic growth and development..        

Earlier, the  Chairman of the  Federal Road Safety Commission, Mallam Bukhari Bello,  commended the Enugu  state government for their support and urged the Federal Government to complete the ecological projects within the FRSC Academy

Other dignitaries in attendance were the representative of he Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Elechi Amadi of Defense Headquarters, Abuja .

The Inspector General of Police was represented by the AIG Zone 9, Umahia 

Also in attendance is a member of the Federal Road Safety Commission , Hon. High Chief Chibuzor Obiakor (Ikenga-Okwelume, Ogidi).

The GOC 82 Division, Enugu, the Commissioner of Police Enugu State, the Commander 553 AirForce Base, state Director State Security , Controllers of Immigration , Correctional Services ,NSCDC and NDLEA were in attendance, together with FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals and other Management  Members  

Those that graced the ocassion also included  Traditional Rulers, Special Marshals and  members of the Road Safety Officers' Wives' Association. (ROSOWA)

Thanking the dignitaries, the Commandant of the  FRSC Academy, Assistant Corps Marshal Clement Oladele, commended the Enugu state Government and all the invited guests with assurance to ensure the  realisation of the vision of the FRSC Academy in transmutting into a top notched  degree awarding Insitution and also  become a World Class Regional Center of Excellence for Road Safety researches and management in Africa.

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