The Federal Road Safety Corps Zone 2 Command made up of Lagos and Ogun States has honoured 334 officers and marshals for overcoming the temptation of collecting bribe from motorists.The Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone RS2, Lagos, Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio MON, while presenting the Awards said the Three Hundred and Thirty-Four (334) Officers and Marshals were among the hundreds of staff who were on patrol between January and March 2015 on various routes in the two states and refused to collect bribe from various traffic offenders while on patrol. The award was presented to the deserving officers and marshals drawn from FRSC Lagos State and Ogun State Sector Commands as part of the strategies to motivate staff and reward honesty being the benchmark of the current administration.
During the presentation, the Assistant Corps Marshal Akpabio conveyed the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive’s best wishes to all the recipients for upholding the integrity of the Corps and making the Corps proud. He urged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the nation at all times.
He pointed out that the award is paramount as his administration is known for zero tolerance to bribery and corruption. He said that Two (2) patrol teams from the zone that were arrested by the zonal crack teams are currently facing trial in FRSC National Headquarters Abuja for operational misconduct.
The Zonal Commanding Officer stated that that as punishment is given to Officers and Marshals that collect bribe, so also reward should be given to those that refuse to collect bribe. This he said, informed the institutionalization of the award to the first batch of Two Hundred and Twenty-Six (226) Officers and Marshals in RS2.1 Lagos State Sector Command and a total of One Hundred and Eight(108) in RS2.2 Ogun State Sector Command respectively.
The recipients were drawn from the two FRSC Sector Command Headquarters, Ojodu, and Abeokuta, then Unit Commands of Mowe, Ikeja, Oshodi, Isolo, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Airport, Sagamu, Ogere, Otta, Ijebu Ode, Itori, Idiroko, Agbado, Lekki, Surulere and Mainland among others. The Corps Intelligent Department is reported to have screened the list submitted from the operations department from the two states and arrived at the number of the first batch.
ACM Akpabio adds that the list of the second batch covering April to June operations period is undergoing screening and will be out soon.
ACM Akpabio, warned the recipients that the Award would be withdrawn, if in future they were found wanting by the surveillance team, just as he promised that the award shall be extended to Special Marshals in the next phase.
He encouraged all the Special Marshals in the Zone to book any traffic offenders who offers to give them bribe as he will continue to reward hard work and dedicated personnel and dealt decisively with any staff or special marshal found to compromise the cherished values of the Corps at any given time.
The Zonal Commanding Officer urged the public to report any staff who demand bribe to the nearest command and make formal report, he said the public are free to use the short code 122 as quickest means of sending such information to the corps. Akpabio also urged the media to let the public know that FRSC personnel are not to be bribed as salary are paid as at when due. He also charged the Legal department of FRSC in Lagos and Ogun State to step up for the prosecution traffic offenders who offer bribe.