The Ekiti State Government has made a case for the employment of more of its indigenes into the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said available evidence showed that Ekiti has a low number of its indigenes working in the agency urging the concerned authorities to rectify the situation.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor made the remarks while receiving in audience the Ekiti Sector Commander of FRSC, Mrs. Elizabeth Akinlade, who was accompanied by other senior officers of the command.
Otunba Egbeyemi said there are many qualified Ekiti indigenes who applied for jobs in FRSC but were not employed urging the concerned authorities to address the imbalance and give Ekiti its due in the agency.
The Deputy Governor advised the FRSC High Command to always adhere to the Federal Character principle for Ekiti to get its equitable share in job slots in the agency.
Otunba Egbeyemi expressed delight that Ekiti has the lowest mortality rate in auto crashes in the country as attested to by the Sector Commander noting that the state government would continue to work with relevant agencies to reduce carnage on the roads.
The Deputy Governor described FRSC officers in the state as diligent and well behaved saying their hard work has contributed to positive record and image of the state in safety of lives on roads.
Otunba Egbeyemi promised to always collaborate with FRSC in his capacity as the Chairman of the State Road Safety Advisory Council to consolidate on the gains achieved in the sector.
He said: “We have discovered that we don’t have many Ekiti indigenes in FRSC and that is not good enough. Those we want you to employ are not my biological children but they are indigenes of Ekiti State.
“I want you to convey this to your National Headquarters, we want you to be fair to Ekiti anytime you are employing people into your agency. Always try and follow federal character principle to make our people happy here.”
Speaking earlier, the State Sector Commander, Mrs. Akinlade explained that Ekiti was one of the states in the federation that have inaugurated the Road Safety Advisory Council.
Mrs. Akinlade hailed the Governor Kayode Fayemi Administration for its contribution in reducing fatalities on the highways in the state.
She said the Advisory Council was set up yo work with the state government to ensure a holistic approach to reduce loss of lives on the highways.
The Sector Commander said the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, was very pleased that Ekiti was moving forward in its synergy with the agency which she said would continue to get better.