Thursday, 12 March 2020

Trouble as YPP issues Quit Notice to FRSC in Calabar


An opposition political party in Cross River State, Young Progressives Party has issued a quick notice to the Federal Road Saftey Corp in Calabar demanding that they put an end to their mobile courts and quit mounting road blocks on state roads within the next two weeks.


According to a press statement issued by the party, ultimatum is necessitated by the fact that "an agency saddled with the safety of road users is more engrossed in revenue generation than preservation of human lives. Consequently, their desperation to extort money from motorists has led to uncountable loss of lives and properties as well as hampered commercial activities in the state."


The release further stated that Young Progressives Party is political party driven by public concern and the voice and hope of the common man, thus the need for the ultimatum. 

 "It is important to note that if this ultimatum is not complied with to the later, we will have no option than to mobilize the people to disrupt your activities in civil resistance. We implore you to limit your operations within Trunk 'A' roads and administer community service as punishment to road traffic offenders and not fines as is the case since you are not a revenue generating agency." The release added. 



The press statement reads in full; 


QUIT NOTICE TO FRSC.

PRESS RELEASE
FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY CORPS; STOP MOBILE COURT, QUIT STATE ROADS IN TWO WEEKS. 

It is no more news that in the last four years or so, the activities of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has become not just a menace but the worst nightmare to Citizens of Cross River State. The extortionist mission in connivance with the State Government is clearly the most excruciating pain added to the already crushing effect of the economic meltdown. 

It is worrisome to note that our state roads are littered with Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), men of the Nigerian Police Force, Civil Defense etc. who take their turn to ransack cars on the road as part of security and other safety checks. This excessive vehicular interception is responsible for all sorts of avoidable traffic congestions leading to unnecessary delay in commercial activities in the state. The foregoing predicament is further exacerbated by the duplication of functions by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps who are meant to operate exclusively on Federal roads. It is appalling that an agency saddled with the safety of road users is more engrossed in revenue generation than preservation of human lives. Consequently, their desperation to extort money from motorists has led to uncountable loss of lives and properties as well as hampered commercial activities in the state.  

Touched and troubled by this exploitative trend and as a political party driven by public concern and the voice and hope of the common man, we are compelled to give two weeks ultimatum to the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Cross River State Command to put an end to Mobile Court as well as demobilize his men from ALL State roads across the State. It is important to note that if this ultimatum is not complied with to the later, we will have no option than to mobilize the people to disrupt your activities in civil resistance. We implore you to limit your operations within Trunk 'A' roads and administer community service as punishment to road traffic offenders and not fines as is the case since you are not a revenue generating agency.

We expect your unaccustomed compliance or risk civil action from Civil Society Organizations, Taxi Union, National Union of Road Workers, all road users and the general masses at the aspiration of ultimatum.

 Long live Cross River State

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