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Road safety agencies partnering with volunteers: the Nigerian model
  1. Y M Ramalan*
  1. Correspondence Federal Road Safety commission, No 11, Alexendria crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria No. 56 Rubu estste, PO Box 778, Zaria, Kaduna State 234, Nigeria


In February 1988, the Federal Government of Nigeria created the Federal Road Safety Commission through Decree No. 45 of the 1988 as amended by Decree 35 of 1992. The functions of the Commission relates to: preventing or minimising accidents/collision on the highway; clearing obstructions on any part of the highways; Educating drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on the proper use of the highways. The enabling act, (CAP 141 Laws of the Federation 1990) provides that a body known as the Federal Road Safety Commission shall consist of uniformed and non-uniformed members. The non-uniformed members or Special Marshals are the volunteer arm of the Federal Road Safety Commission. The Act empowers the Special Marshals to carry out patrol, rescue and other activities that ensure good road usage on our highways. They also take part and occasionally sponsor researches, public education and other activities of the commission. Enrolment into the Special Marshal arm of the commission shall be on group or individual basis. All Special Marshals must be kitted with the prescribed regalia and identity cards (ID). In the event of any Special Marshal leaving the outfit, he/she must surrender his kits and ID card to the Commanding Officer. 1.

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