The Deputy President, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr. Evaristus Uzamere, has disclosed that the institute initiated moves that culminated in the creation of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
He made this known in an exclusive chat with Safety Record on the sidelines of the institute’s 38th Professional Development Conference (PDC) held in Owerri, Imo State recently.
Uzamere explained that erstwhile ISPON President, Mr. Gabriel Adogie, had approached then Chief of General Staff and de-facto Vice President of Nigeria, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu in 1987 with a proposal to set up a national road safety regulatory body.
According to him, Aikhomu presented the proposal to the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) which adopted it, leading to the creation of FRSC in 1988.
Uzamere said, “Sometime in 1987, the then president of NISP – it was called Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP) then, Mr. Gabriel Adogie had this idea that a National Road Safety Corps should be formed.
“Before then, we had an Oyo State Road Safety Corps organised by Prof. Wole Soyinka. So, he took that up to Aikhomu – you know Aikhomu was the number two man to IBB (Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida).
“So, he took it up and was able to persuade him and Aikhomu tabled it with the Armed Forces Ruling Council, and it was adopted and that is why we have the Federal Road Safety Corps today.”
He added that ISPON members have continued to support FRSC as Special Marshals.
The ISPON Deputy President said, “At the beginning, ISPON was very much involved as the Special Marshals, because Regular Marshals are the staff, while special marshals were non-staff members.
“So, special marshals all over the country where you have ISPON are ISPON members.”