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By Christian Ogoh

Delta State Governor and PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged motorists to ensure safety on the road.

Okowa gave the admonition during the 2022 Special Marshals National Summit with the theme, “Essentials for Organizational Performance Regular and Special Marshal’s Perspective”, held at the Marshals Inspectorate Training School (MITS) Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.

According to the governor, who was represented by the Director, Department of Land Transport, Delta State Directorate of Transport, Mr. Victor Omoruyi, “to make our roods safe, abstaining from alcohol and drugs while driving is the key.”

“We must refrain from excessive speeding; wear helmets and adhere to traffic laws and most importantly compell other family members and loved ones to do the same,” he stated.

Okowa noted that the theme of the programme was rightly chosen to align with the Corps 2022 Strategic Goals towards achieving purposeful results.

He charged them to continue to work hard to record more successes in minimising road crashes.

In his remarks, the Acting Corps Marshal, Alhaji Daudi Biu, who was represented by the Deputy Corps Marshal (DCM) Susan Ajenge, poured encomiums on Okowa for providing them a befitting training school, saying that the goal of this year’s summit was to equip Special Marshals with adequate knowledge and skills relevant to their roles in organisation performance.

Speaking further, Alhaji Biu noted that the forum would provide them the opportunity to train and retrain their Regular and Special Marshals to maintain crash-free roads, especially in the ember months.

“As traffic managers and administrators, they are charged with the responsibility to always update their knowledge to continue saving lives by reducing road violators,” he stated

Also speaking, the National Coordinator, Special Marshals of1 the FRSC, Dr. John Ugbebor, revealed that Nigeria was one of the first in the world to have and sustain high profile of volunteers (Special Marshals) in a renowned agency like the FRSC.

“Let us all see the programme as an opportunity to gain new ideas and strengthen our qsupport for FRSC. Therefore, this is a golden opportunity to know more about road safety issues as it relates to Special Marshal’s activities.

“It is also a special retreat to enhance the efficiency of the Special Marshals in the areas of public enlightenment programmes, advocacy project execution, FRSC image building activities, road traffic controls, and proper road usage education to motorists, road safety research projects and excellent road safety culture” he stated.

According to him, “the retreat intends to improve the Special Marshal’s commitment and participation in FRSC programs as specified by the Special Marshals guideline and in fulfillment of the UN vision to reduce road trafficking crashes by 25 percent.”

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