FRSC Ota Unit Commander Visits Covenant University, Seeks Collaboration
The Ota Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Assistant Corps Commander Leye Adegboyega, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor and the management team of Covenant University to seek collaboration with the University.
ACC. Adegboyega in company of other senior officers of the Command, specifically requested partnership with the University in capacity building, establishment of Special Marshal unit on campus and community development.
“We are here to collaborate with our stakeholder within the command. The Ota Unit Command has been involved in ensuring road safety in and around the University campus during its major functions like the convocation ceremony and church programmes,” he explained.
He sought the University’s partnership for his command to build the capacity of the University’s drivers, establish a unit of the command’s Special Corps Marshal on campus as well as use the University’s radio station-Hebron 95.9 FM for public enlightenment programme to educate and give road safety tips to road users within Ota community.
ACC. Adegboyega who assumed duty at the Command about seven months ago, used the occasion to inform the University management on the activities of the Corps nationwide, which include the introduction of the speed limiting device, safe-to-load initiative for Tankers and standardisation of driving schools for effective issuance of drivers’ license.
He explained that the speed limiting device is only applicable to commercial vehicles for now because they constitute major Road Transport Crashes (RTCs) recorded nationwide by the Corps. He noted that the safe-to-load initiative would involve inspection of Tankers before and after loading fuel at their depots and the standardisation of driving schools would ensure that applicants undergo 26 sessions/hours of training before certificate can be issued for processing drivers’ license.
All these, according to him, was geared towards ensuring safety on the highways and noted that the Corps is doing what he called ‘advisory enforcement’ of the speed limiting device.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks noted that the University has always been a friend of the FRSC and in good working relationship with the Ota Unit Command. “You already have a partnership in place and there is room for collaborations in other areas,” he added.
He noted that the University would be delighted to contribute to the technological development of the nation and assist the FRSC to develop the local brand of the speed limiting device. He also agreed to the training of the University’s drivers to ensure that they are not law breakers.
The Vice-Chancellor also called on other universities across the nation to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation, even as he assured the Commander and his team of Covenant University’s willingness and readiness to work with the Command to make Nigeria and Ogun State in particular a place worthy to live.
Professor Ayo commended the Commander for the visit, noting that it was highly thoughtful to seek collaboration with stakeholders within his command.
Members of the management present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Chairman, CU Road Safety Committee, Professor Daniel Gberevbie; and Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawole Obembe.
Others are Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Professor Samuel Wara; HOD, Electrical and Information Engineering, Dr. Francis Idachaba; Chairman, CU Security Committee, Dr. Timothy Anake; Professor James Omoleye of Department of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Victor Mathews of Department of Electrical and Information Engineering; Mrs. Biola Shammah of Hebron FM and Mr. Ayo Ajayi of Media and Corporate Affairs.