The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Rivers State Sector Command, has pledged to collaborate with newspaper publishers as a strategy to effectively enlighten residents of safety rules.
The Rivers State Sector Commander, Imoh Etuk gave the assurance when the Independent Newspaper Publishers’ Association of Rivers State (RIVPA) paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Thursday.
Etuk said that the command will strengthen relationship with the media for effective sensitization and reportage of policies and programmes of FRSC and commended RIVPA for identifying with the corps for effective service delivery.
On his part, the command’s public relations officer, M. S. John, disclosed that events marking the 30th anniversary celebration of FRSC, would kickoff with the Jumat service and sensitization rallies at major parks in the statestate on Friday.
He said a health walk would hold by 6:30 am on Saturday , followed by a visit to the emergency ward of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching hospital, by 12 noon, same day, where gifts will be distributed to victims of road traffic crash.
A thanksgiving service will hold on Sunday at Faith Baptist Church, Old GRA, axis of the state, he reiterated.
Earlier in her address, Chairman, Independent Newspaper Publishers Association of Rivers State (RIVPA), Gloria Boma Harry commended FRSC for it relentless efforts in saving lives by regular sensitisation of the people on road safety laws and ensuring they adhere to it.
Harry solicited for improved partnership between the corps and the media and expressed readiness of newspaper owners in the state to work closely with FRSC for the purpose of enlightening and educating the public on activities of the Corps and reducing road accidents in the state.
She stressed that publishers would continue to fulfill their mandate of efficient delivery of accurate, reliable, comprehensive and balanced reportage of events.