Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has recalled how he resisted pressure to merge the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) with other institutions when he was in the saddle between 1999 and 2007.
Speaking when he played host to the Corps delegation, led by Deputy Corp Marshall, Susan Akenge in his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence, commended the corps for keeping sanity on the country’s roads despite the increasing population and the economy.
He said “One thing you have to accept is that with the growing population, which is increasing on a daily basis or even on an hourly basis, you have to manage both the driver (who may not be in the best frame of mind when going out from home in the morning) and the car, which may not be in best condition that a car should be.
“So, I must acknowledge that you have reasonably been doing well. I must therefore say that you have been beneficial to us all.
“When I was in government, I resisted that temptation to merge you (FRSC) with other agencies and I don’t know if others will still come and merge you with others, but I hope they will not, because your responsibility is getting larger and larger by the day. Rather than merge you, they should ensure to continue to enhance your professional capacity in order to bring the best out of what you are doing now.”
Earlier, Akenge said she was on the courtesy call with message of appreciation from the corps headquarters for the tremendous support by the former president.
“On behalf of the Headquarters of the FRSC, the Zonal Headquarters and the Special Marshall, I have come to appreciate you and thank you, sir. It is our prayer that may God grant you longer life to reap the fruit of your labour, ” she said.