The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, yesterday warned against the use of fake tyres by motorists on Nigerian roads, saying that the usage of expired tyres and over speeding were the most significant challenges in traffic management in the country.
He, however, said that the campaign against expired tyres would commence from the end of this month.
Oyeyemi spoke at a capacity development workshop for Zonal and Sector Heads of Operations of the FRSC in Enugu saying that the high rate of road accidents on Nigerian roads must be minimised.
The theme of the two day workshop is “Enhancing Operational Activities in Field Commands.”
According to him, the rate of crashes on the roads was alarming, adding that 90 per cent of such incidences between February 9 and April 7 were as a result of tyre blow-out.
His words, “In Nigeria today, we are aware of what is taking place with respect to loss of lives and properties on our roads. This shows we have a major problem in our hands.
“Our management team will be in the field next week to enforce the ban on usage of expired tyres on our roads. I will on my own impound vehicles with expired tyres and then look for vehicles that will take the passengers of such vehicles to their destinations.
“We must appreciate the president because for the past 28 years we have never received 100 per cent capital allocation.
“But for the first time we got this and 90 per cent of the allocation is for procurement of vehicles and these vehicles will be commissioned by the president on Monday May 16.
“We are talking about N1.8 billion investment in vehicle procurement and this is the highest number of procurement of vehicles we have ever done in the history of the corps,”
He further said that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had shown unprecedented interest in securing Nigerian roads through the release of funds.
Earlier, the Deputy Corps Marshal (Operations), Adei Abu had urged the participants to address issues of alleged extortion of motorists against some officers.