Duplication of roles has been a major issue that breeds corruption within the Nigeria paramilitary sector, as officers who have direct contact with motorists has resorted to collecting bribes against their mandate of serving the public to ensure safer roads, lives and properties.
Corps Commander Ali Sule Tanimu of the Federal road safety corps demystified the role of the corps during DoroCorruption radio program in Wazobia FM studio, which are not limited to monitoring the high way to reduce road accidents rate and mortality rate if accidents occur, by hastening casualties to the hospital at a good time, educating citizens, carrying out road audits, and reporting to the relevant authorities if road amendment is needed.
To effectively achieve these roles under the joint task board, the Federal Road Safety Corps provide citizens with driver’s license after the Directorate of Road Traffic services (VIO) or Motor Licensing Authority(MLA) under the ministry of works have tested the drivers to ensure driving proficiency. They also take out mechanically deficient and non-road worthy vehicles to avoid accidents, excessive axle load especially in petrol tankers and trailers militating against good road traffic management and traffic crash reduction.
Responding to the implementation strategies to reduce the rate of corruption within the FRSC, he encouraged road users to report through their social media handles or SERVICOM unit, erring road safety officers who accost drivers of these non-road worthy vehicles on a daily basis, demand bribes and commit human rights abuses against them as a means of extorting money, instead of educating or booking them. As an internal mechanism for combating corruption within the corps, He revealed the existence of a corp intelligence unit saddled with the responsibility of fishing out corrupt official through disguise of their personality and also a regulation and maintenance of discipline which contains all the penalties for any corrupt act to check corrupt officials.
Mr. Tanimu censured citizens who fuel corruption due to impatience along the roads, by choosing to bribe road safety officials instead of presenting the appropriate documents and items for inspection, saying that no road safety official can arrest citizens as a result of not having a fire extinguisher. He also said that fines from defaulters are paid into consolidated accounts through remita payment and not shared amongst officials as suspected by citizens.
To curb the issuance of fake license and vehicle papers, Corps Commander Tanimu discouraged citizens from paying cash to any road safety official in other to obtain a driver’s license, adding that all payments should be made in the bank through their official account.