The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) through the Federal Government is investing on the development of infrastructure in the FRSC academy in Udi, Enugu State.
According to the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, the academy had provided training for most traffic agencies in some states across the country as well as helped retrained drivers of commercial transports companies nationwide.
The FRSC boss noted that Federal Government and some state government fleet drivers had also been trained in the academy.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday, Oyeyemi said: “However, we want to take it higher. We are already making efforts through the assistant of the Federal Government to see that various phases of projects in the FRSC Academy in Udi are completed in due time.
“On capacity of the instructors and lecturers in the academy, the World Bank and the Government of Netherland have been great partners in capacity building for FRSC officers.
“Through the instrumentality of their support most of our senior officers here in the academy and those in various zones, states and units had attended the International Road Safety School in California, USA.
“So, we already have the pre-requisite manpower to make this academy the hub of road safety training in the entire African sub-region.
“I know that this move will gladden the heart of the Federal Government, World Bank and the Government of Netherland to see that their investment is already yielding positive fruit,’’ he said.
According to him, the academy is sited on a serene environment detached of the distractions of the city; with running tap water, constant electricity, tarred road and ample accommodation space that would take over 1,000 people.
“We are proud to have dedicated and disciplined instructors and lecturers, who will inculcate the right attitude and values on students and participants in any course undertaken here,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Oyeyemi is on a three-day working visit to the FRSC Academy in Udi, where he inaugurated promotion course and examination for 179 officers on Wednesday.
The officers, who are being considered for promotion from Assistant Route Commander (ARC) to Deputy Route Commander (DRC), are drawn from all sections of the corps across the country.