The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bauchi State Sector Command, has celebrated its 33 years of existence and conducted medical check up for commercial drivers in two major motor parks in the state to mark the day.
Mr Yusuf Abdullahi, the Sector Commander, FRSC, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi on Tuesday, said the two major motor parks were ‘Muda Lawal motor park’ and ‘Central market motor park’.
He revealed that the medical check up included eye tests for all the drivers in the motor parks as well as blood pressure checks for both drivers and passengers respectively.
He said any driver found with eye defects, were compelled and monitored to go for eye treatment before he would be allowed to handle the wheel.
“As at last week Thursday, which was 18th of February, 2021, makes FRSC to be 33 years of existence in administering road traffic administration in Nigeria. We celebrated the day in Bauchi on Monday by conducting medical checkup for drivers and passengers respectively in two major parks, that is, Muda Lawal motor park and Central market motor park.
“The gesture was to provide some kind of corporate social responsibility to the immediate community where we are serving,” Abdullahi said.
Describing the successes recorded so far by the corps as it marked the 33 years of existence, the FRSC boss said that the corps had completely transformed from analogue era to digital one.
He said that the driver’s licence which used to be up to about 10 pages in those days had been transformed to a more portable one.
“We’ve really gone far, if I take you back to the inception, we know where we were in respect of road crashes in Nigeria, today, we can also tell you a very good story about how far we have gone.
“From the inception, we met the national driver’s licence in a booklet which was about ten pages, we came to look at how it would be convenient for drivers to be moving along with it and present whenever it was required considering other things drivers interact with.
“We now said we need something portable. We went into the laminated national driver’s licence which is very portable and easy to carry.
“As time went on, we looked into it beyond ordinary. We looked into it in case of a crash and we met the driver unconscious. How do we now help him when there is a possibility that he needs blood transfusion? We then went deeper by going into the digital driver’s licence which captures the driver’s blood group.
“Whenever there is an issue where we need to offer such a driver some treatments, we look into that driver’s licence and check which blood group he belongs to and we advise the medical doctors to commence treatment on him based on the data we have from the driver’s licence,” he revealed.
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The sector commander also told newsmen that the corps further went deeper by being cautious of forgery of the digital driver’s licence, thereby, embedded some security signs into it so as to discover anytime such licence was compromised.
He also said that with so many technologies employed by the corps, it could also track a vehicle registration number to ascertain the present location of such a vehicle as well as the details of the owner.
He urged Nigerians to come close to the corps with maximum cooperation as more beneficial packages would soon be unveiled by the corps.
“FRSC has come to keep Nigeria roads safe, we would continue to do our best to keep it safe, but we need the maximum cooperation from the general public and those in the helms of affairs,” he said