The Plateau State Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that the decision to relocate the FRSC academy from Jos, the Plateau State capital to Enugu State was conceived 15 years ago and had no political undertone.
The State Sector Commander, Sunday Maku said in Jos that: “the idea for the relocation was actually mooted about 15 years ago by the former regime of FRSC as a policy decision and not by the present management of FRSC. Jos was used as a temporary or make-shift site for the academy as construction of the permanent site in Enugu started over a decade ago”.
Maku, who said the movement of the academy was in tune with FRSC management decision, noted that some FRSC offices have been relocated to other places in the past.
“If the people of Makurdi had protested then, it means that the zonal office will not have been in Jos. The land and structures where the academy was operating belongs to the FRSC and was at no given time given to the corps by the Plateau State government. The present Corps Marshall and the chairman of FRSC governing board were not instrumental to the movement in question as perceived and opinionated by Plateau youths and members of House Committee on works and Transport”, he said.
Information Nigeria had reported that Youths in Jos under the Coalition of Concerned Plateau Youths had last week staged a peaceful protest over the relocation of the academy to Enugu, describing the action as politically motivated. Their protest caused the State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport to summon the sector commander to explain the reason behind the move.
Chairman of the committee, Pomak Rindap, said though the legislature was not satisfied by the explanation, they will continue to lobby and plead with FRSC to leave the academy in Jos.