Inauguration Of The FRSC Marshal Inspectorate Training School In Owa-Alero, Delta State
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE FRSC MARSHAL INSPECTORATE TRAINING SCHOOL, OWA-ALERO DELTA STATE
May 6, 2021
It is with great pleasure that I stand here at this epoch-making event to inaugurate the Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal Inspector Training School, Delta State in the Owa Kingdom. A purpose-built fully furnished and equipped training school for the inspectorate cadre of the Corps, or the non-commissioned officers.
The Federal Road Safety Corps is one of the Federal Agencies in the road safety ecosystem that has continued to deliver on its mandate to reduce vehicle crashes through research and public education. Indeed, the choice of Nigeria as one of the Centres of Excellence for road safety in Africa by the Africa Development Bank is a clear acknowledgment of the considerable contributions of the FRSC to the development of road safety in the Africa region.
But of more significance for our gathering here today is the remarkable strides that the Federal Road Safety Corps has made in its quest for top-quality manpower development through the building of its own training institutions.
The Corps has, within its short span of existence, come up with four (4) World Class institutions (The FRSC Command and Staff College, The FRSC Academy, Udi, the FRSC Marshal Inspectors Training School Owa-Alero, Delta and, the FRSC Road Marshal Assistants Training School in Jos for the development of its personnel.
The existence of these institutions reflects the laudable desire of the Corps to improve the capacity and competence of its personnel in Road Safety Management.
The inauguration of the Marshal Inspectors Training School has been made possible by the Delta State Government which has constructed a modern and vastly improved replica of the FRSC Academy, Udi at this location.
This far-sighted and thoughtful contribution of the State Government is worthy of commendation. It is an excellent exemplar of the benefits of collaboration between State Governments and Federal Government agencies. And as it should be the ultimate beneficiaries are the good people of Delta State and the country at large.
I must encourage all levels of government to emulate Delta, Enugu, Plateau and, Oyo States which have exemplified this spirit of cooperation for development by their tremendous support for the Road Safety institutions within their jurisdictions. Road Safety is a collective responsibility and that is what the government of Delta State has demonstrated today.
I also note with delight, the cordial relationship between the Commission and the Corps which has led to the establishment of two additional training institutions (FCSC and Marshal Inspectors Training School) in the last year. The Corps has continued to show appreciable determination to build staff capacity as a major requirement for the understanding of road traffic matters as well as tackling the associated challenges.
These laudable efforts of the Corps are in alignment with the Policy thrust of the present administration in its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the successor plans that are coming up. Part of the critical focus of the ERGP is capacity building and skills acquisition interventions. It emphasizes investment in infrastructure with specific attention on building on ongoing projects and identifying new ones to be implemented in order to improve the national infrastructure backbone.
The Federal Government will continue to support organizations that demonstrate commitment to their statutory duties such as the FRSC.
Let me again appreciate the government and people of Delta State for the huge financial resources dedicated to this project. It is certainly an investment with long-term returns to the immediate community, the State, and the country in general.
I wish to charge personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps to put this institution to the best use and to work hard with partners in the road traffic ecosystem to ensure the very best training and the very best capacity building initiatives for all of its members and for all members of the ecosystem.
It is now my special pleasure and privilege to formally inaugurate the FRSC Marshal Inspectorate Training School in Owa-Alero Delta State
God bless Delta State and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.