The Federal Road Safety Corps has emerged winner of the best Government Agency 2014 E-Governance Award, organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in partnership with NIHILENT, a global consulting and solutions integration company using holistic and system approach to problem solving.
In a statement signed by the Corps public Education Officer Stella Uchegbu, The award presentation was the highpoint of a 3-day programme on E-Nigeria with the theme “Creating Market Opportunities for Indigenous ICT Products and Services” under the auspices of the NITDA, the prime agency for E-government implementation, internet governance and general IT in Nigeria.
In his presentation, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack described the award as deliberate but sustained efforts by the NITDA to identify and recognize significant achievements in the area of E-Governance, disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable E-Governance initiatives, encourage incremental innovations in successful E-Governance solutions and promote and exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.
Also speaking, the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Sambo who represented the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, commended the organizers of the award and expressed her desire to continue to promote the ideals of child on-line protection initiative with the aim of eradicating common social vices resulting from the exposure of the Nigerian child to ICT application and other web-related activities. The First Lady also received a special jury award, and was recognized for her unparallel contributions towards the interest of women and children.
Receiving the award on behalf of the FRSC management, the Assistant Corps Marshal, Policy, Research and Statistics, Kayode Olagunju expressed the appreciation of the FRSC management and staff over the recognition and dedicated it to the immediate past Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Osita Chidoka and the over 500 ICT staff of the FRSC whose efforts have added value to the Corps’ resolve to metamorphose into a world class agency.
Other award categories include the Best Web Presence won by the Nigeria Custom Service, Best Local Government won Owan East local government, Best State Government won by Osun State, Best E-Governance project won by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.
It will be recalled that the FRSC had recently bagged an earlier award from the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy as the best government agency under the Presidency.
In a related development, a Federal High Court, Ikoyi in Lagos; presided over by Honorable Justice Musa Idris has struck out a legal suit instituted against the Federal Road Safety Commission by the Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private School Owners for want of diligent prosecution and abandonment bordering on the approved standard for school buses in country as endorsed by the Federal Executive Council in 2012.
Prior to the verdict, the private school owners had sought judicial process to declare as follows:
a. a declaration that the formulation of the policy on approved standard for school buses in Nigeria by the FRSC specifically prescribed the features of the policy which requires each bus to have a professional assistant bus driver, professional school operating permit and uniform colour, is ultra vires (above) the powers and duties of the Commission under Section 11 of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007.
b. an order of injunction restraining the Federal Road Safety Commission from impounding, seizing the claimants’ school buses or proceeding in which ever way to enforce the implementation of the school bus standard.
However, the suit was struck out by the presiding judge on 18th November 2014 when the complainants refused to show up in the court in two separate seatings.
The school bus standard which was necessitated by the high risk and vulnerability of pupils and students being conveyed to and from schools in sub-standard buses, was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday 11th April, 2012 after series of advocacy and consultation by the FRSC with relevant stakeholders.
Corps Public Education Officer
1. Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is the lead agency for road safety in Nigeria founded in 1988. FRSC website: www.frsc.gov.ng
2. FRSC contact: Stella Uchegbu, Corps Public Education Officer, 08077690055, email@example.com
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