18 February 2013

Nigeria: President Jonathan Calls for Heavy Vehicles' Parks

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday directed the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to liaise with stakeholders to work out plans for the provision of parks for heavy duty vehicles nationwide.

Jonathan gave the directive in Abuja while declaring open a one-day International Conference to mark the 25th Anniversary of FRSC.

Represented by Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the president said the directive was necessary to check indiscriminate parking by such vehicles.

He said that the manner of parking of such vehicles posed danger to other road users and as such the government was poised to address the problem.

Jonathan commended former President Ibrahim Babangida for setting up FRSC and described the vision as a solid one.

He said his administration would consolidate on the vision and strengthen the commission to perform its functions diligently.

He said government had increased the capital and overhead budget of the commission in the last three years to about 300 per cent, while its staff strength had also risen by 40 per cent.

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