Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says no driver should transport corps members leaving orientation camp from 6pm.
He gave the warning during the FRSC end-of-the-year meeting with transport union stakeholders, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The meeting is one of the programmes done in preparation for the end of the year activities. It particularly looks at how vehicular accidents can be reduced during the festive periods.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members for Batch C Stream II had resumed orientation camps on November 28 and would end December 19.
Boboye said any driver that transports the corps members from 6pm above, will face serious consequences.
“No transport union should convey any corp member and those leaving the orientation camp on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 6pm. Any vehicle that violates this order will be dealt with seriously, as the FRSC is committed to the safety of lives and properties,” he said.
“I want to urge the state coordinators of different NYSC orientation camps to send signals to the corps members to be aware of the information. This has become necessary to address road accidents and crashes that occur during the festive periods across the country. The safety of the youths, goods and Nigerians’ lives at large is our major concern.”
The FRSC also boss urged corps members to use motor parks while boarding vehicles. He urged them to avoid roadside vehicles for security reasons.
He called on the transporters to reduce prices of transportation fares for corps members in order to make it affordable for them.
“This is the main reason why you see corps members boarding vehicles at night and, sometimes, on the roadside,” he said.
“The belief is that the prices of transportation would reduce at night by boarding at the roadside. This is not safe at all.”
In reaction, Yusuf Adeniyi, national secretary, Road Transport Employer’s Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), said the directive will be complied with, adding that the transportation fare will be reduces for corps members during the period.
“We will direct all the offices nationwide to bring down the prices and provide good vehicles for their safety,” he said.