Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has commissioned the new Administrative Building of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Academy located at Udi in Enugu State.
During the ceremony, the Federal Government, Governors of the South East geo-political zone, Security Chiefs, Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders commended Ugwuanyi, for his administration’s support and efforts owards the completion of the Administrative Building of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Academy, at Udi, Enugu state.
The FRSC Academy is the pioneer training insitution dedicated to road safety researches, training and management in Africa.
It 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.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, expressed the commendations of the Federal Government to Ugwuanyi for deepening road safety practices in Nigeria by supporting the FRSC.
The SGF was represented by the Director, PRS, 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 reinterated the determination of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government in enhancing inter modal transportation system in the country to enhance the country’s road safety management efforts, especially as it concerns the provision of adequate funding and necessary logistics for sustainable safety campaigns to rid the nation’s highways of road traffic crashes.
Mustapha equally said the Buhari administration is poised to facilitate the leading role of FRSC in road traffic administration and safety management in Africa.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, thanked the governor for his administration’s support for the FRSC, including the promise by the governor 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 merged with the Federal Government’s marching grant facilitated the completion of the Administrative Building.
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Imo State represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njokwu, expressed the commitment of the Imo State Government to continue to support the FRSC.
The other governors in South East geopolitical zone of Nigeria spoke in similar veins.
The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, was represented by the State Head of Service, Dr Chamberlain Nwele
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, was represented by Special Adviser on Security Air Vice Marshal Ben Chiobi (rtd).
The Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu was represented by the Abia State Commissioner of Transport. Mr. Godswill Nwanoruo.
While commissioning the new Administrative Building, Ugwuanyi acknowledged the sacrifice made by the royal fathers and people of the three communities in Udi LGA that jointly own 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.
He explained that the completion of the Administrative Building was a tasking demand on the state government’s meager resources on his assumption of office.
Ugwuanyi noted that with the passion of the Enugu State Government for road safety and the synergy with the Corps as exemplified in the professional and technical support provided by the FRSC, through the Academy, in the training of the staff of the Enugu State Traffic Management Agency and drivers of the Enugu State Government, the state government was encouraged to ensure the delivery of the Administrative Building.