By Nna AnulumaduI
n line with its strategic collaboration drive, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State command, has pledged to assist the Federal Road Safety Corps, Anambra State command, in its drive to ensure the safety and overall good usage of roads.Mr. Isidore Chukwudi Chikere, Anambra State commandant, stated this today when he visited Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi, the sector commander, FRSC, at his office in Awka in continuation of his familiarising visit to sister agencies.The visit, which was targeted at broadening and sustaining the existing collaboration with the FRSC, afforded the state commandant an opportunity to appreciate the agency for doing their best towards minimising road crashes on our highway.Mr Chikere during his speech said: “I have considered it appropriate to visit your office today as part of my tour to sister agencies across the state. Firstly, I want to appreciate your kind response to my request for courtesy visit, as a newly deployed state commandant.“It is necessary I move around to see and fraternise myself with service commanders on ground in other to cement the existing relationship between us. I am aware [the] NSCDC and [the] FRSC have been collaborating before now, but my coming is to reassure you that the longstanding synergy between us will continue to be safeguarded.”“It is our collective responsibility to make our roads better and safer. You can always count on me whenever you need our services in achieving your desired goals,” he assured.The NSCDC state boss, who used the visit to advocate for improved intelligence sharing among sister agencies, appealed to road users to develop and maintain good road culture, abide by safety rules and obey road safety guidelines.Responding, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who was with his high-ranking officers to receive the state commandant, thanked him for finding time to pay him a visit.The corps commander stated clearly that the safety of roads is everybody’s business just like the security of lives and property.He added that most crime perpetrators use the road to their destination as such collaborating with the NSCDC will go a long way in curbing crime in the state.“FRSC and NSCDC have come a long way in collaboration especially in Anambra State, so we are ever ready to give all necessary support to make the relationship stronger,” he statedMr. Irelewuyi appealed to the atate NSCDC commandant to assist the agency for effective enforcement of clampdown on all unregistered motorbikes and keke tricycles in the National Vehicle Identification Scheme database, noting that the move would help to curb insecurity in the country.He enumerated some of the ongoing activities of the command, such as public enlightenment, advocacy visits and engagement of communities on the need to keep the roads safe and ensure the safety of road users.