The Corps Marshal of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi says Nigeria is ready to comply with the Economic Committee of West African States (ECOWAS) decision on axle load enforcement. He gave the assurance in Abuja during a meeting of National Committee on Implementation of ECOWAS Axle Load Control and Harmonization Program. Members of the committee are drawn from various road related agencies in Nigeria, such as Nigerian Shippers Council, Federal Ministry of Transport, and Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) among others.
Oyeyemi, who is also the new Chairman of the committee, said overloading of vehicles within the sub-regional roads had negative consequences on campaigns for road safety in ECOWAS member states. He is also, the current Chairman of West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO).
“It is our responsibility to rise up to the challenges of axle load control to protect the life span of vehicles and durability of the roads being threatened by overloading. Nigeria has the responsibility to ensure that ECOWAS resolution on axle load control and its harmonization among member states is fully implemented not only in our country but other member countries,” the corps marshal assured the committee of his unwavering support to the successful implementation of the policy.
Oyeyemi said the committee would ensure that companies that generate up to 200,000 tons of cargo annually would be contacted to ensure maximum permissible load was conveyed by their trucks as Weigh Bridge locations in the country out of which only five were situated at Enugu, Okene-Lokoja, Owode Onirin-Ikorodu and Ibadan-Ife toll plazas would ensure compliance.
Similarly, Mr Bala Danshehu, Director Highway Development and Planning, Federal Ministry of Works, said the weigh bridges would play significant role in the implementation of the new policy.
Federal Road Safety Corps is the government agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria. Founded in 1988, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operates in all Nigerian states as well as the Federal Capital Territory and is headed by a Corps Marshall and Chief Executive (COMACE) which is the highest rank in its ranking system.
The axle load of a wheeled vehicle is the total weight felt by the roadway for all wheels connected to a given axle. Viewed another way, it is the fraction of total vehicle weight resting on a given axle.