Boboye Oyeyemi
DR. BOBOYE OLAYEMI OYEYEMI, (MFR) MNI, NPOM

In July, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari underscored the importance Nigeria attaches to efficient transport administration when he gave his accent to a bill establishing the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA). The goal is to ultimately achieve zero-tolerance for avoidable road mishaps and fatalities.

For stakeholders in the sector, President Buhari’s speedy accent shows the willingness of government to tackle the issue of transportation through studies and researches. The Act establishing the Institute charges it with the responsibility of advancing the study, training and practice of transport management and administration in Nigeria and other related matters.

Its original objectives are to broaden and improve the knowledge, skills and experience of members in the practice of efficient and effective transport management, relating to all spheres of transportation including road, rail, sea, air as well as pipelines. This, it hopes to achieve by maintaining and enhancing the professional standing and knowledge of transport management through its education, training and compliance programmes and meetings, by providing considered professional opinion on current and proposed transport legislation.

Efficient management of the country’s road transportation is what the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi, was shaped to do for Nigeria. Pushing the country increasingly to minimal road crashes in the country. He was born on November 26, 1960, in Ibadan, Oyo State, to the family of Reverend Michael Babalola Oyeyemi, of Odo Owa, in Oke Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Education

He started his primary school at First Baptist Primary School, Ibadan, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC), before proceeding to Christ High School, Ibadan, where he obtained his West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). With his excellent performance in the exams, he gained admission into The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he obtained his National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

Unknown to him that he will become an administrator pretty soon, he proceeded to the University of Lagos, Lagos, for his post-graduate diploma in Transport Management, and later obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from the same university. Not done, he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in Enugu State to obtain his Ph.D. in Transport Administration.

Oyeyemi also attended Harvard University School of Government, Royal Institute for Public Administration (RIPA), London, the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at Kuru, Plateau State, Police Training Division, Suffern, New York for the Glock Armorer’s and Firearms Safety Course, Region VI Police Driving School, Wilshire County, Devices, England; Sleep Research Laboratory, Loughborough University, UK, Glock, John R Wald Inc; NY, USA, Shotgun Instructors Course, NY, USA and John R Wald Inc, USA (Number Plates Admin).

Career/Honours

Oyeyemi was one of the pioneer officers of the corps. He distinguished himself as one officers prepared for leadership challenges, having exhibited excellence in all his assignments as Zonal Commanding Officer and Head of the departments. His elevation to the peak of the agency was aimed at sustaining the ideals of the road safety model, Nigeria pioneered in Africa in 1988 with the establishment of the FRSC by the Federal Government.

Apart from removing the barriers that limit the prospects of career growth for a certain category of officers, the FRSC Management recently removed the obstacles against the convertibility of qualified personnel on the rank of road Marshals Assistant to Officers Cadre. In the same vein, convertible year for personnel with requisite educational qualifications has been extended and more is being done to allow for a greater number of beneficiaries.

In the push for his reward mantra, FRSC Management under Oyeyemi’s leadership has in the past three years evolved policies and programs aimed at engaging staff in the activities capable of enhancing their productivity, and improving service delivery.

Before becoming the Corps Marshal in 2014, Oyeyemi served as the Officer in-charge of Communications at the Office of the Corps Marshal; Area Commander (Plant and Production) National Uniform Licencing Scheme (NULS); Deputy Director, Operations; Acting Director of Operations; Director, Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); Head of Policy Research and Statistics (PRS); Head of Training Standards and Certification (TSC); as well as Head of Operations, Motor Vehicle, and Administration.

The amiable and upwardly mobile Nigerian has paid his dues in the commission, having played leading roles since its inception. He has a vast field and administrative experiences in that sector of the public service.

The Corps Marshal takes delight in self-development in a bid to boost the efficiency of the Road Safety Corps. That quest has earned him honours and membership of professional organisations. He is a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), Member National Institute (mni), a recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPoM), American Medal of Honour, American Biographical Institute, USA; Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) where he has risen to the position of a Fellow; Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration (FCAI) Abuja; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), London; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (FCIPM); and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Administration (FCIA).

The long list includes, Member, Institute of Management Consultants (MIMC), Lagos; Member, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (MIIRSM), London; Member, American Society of Safety Engineers (MASSE), USA; Member, Institute of Road Safety Officers (MIRSO), London; Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police (MIACP), USA; Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (MIEEE), USA; Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (MITE), USA; Member Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), London; Member International Road Federation (MIRF); Member Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA); Member, World Road Association and Member National Association of Road Professionals.

His deep professional involvement has helped in broadening his scope of administration at the Road Safety Corps, and in propping up departments that are not doing well in the establishment.

Achievements

Some insiders say the road safety agency under the watch of Oyeyemi earned notable recognitions, and achievements. It once won the best MDA in nation-building, e-Governance, 2015; Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award in Nigeria, 2015; the 2014 Premier Africa Road Safety Award; Winner, best use of Technology Government Agency organised by Technology Avenue in 2015; Service Delivery Award as one of the Outstanding Public Institutions in Nigeria by Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), 2014-2015.

On assumption of office as Corps Marshal, Oyeyemi with his management team designed and implemented programmes of action to advance the growth of the Corps in all ramifications, to curb road crashes and fatality rate in the country. Under his leadership; the agency set up an initiative to reduce the worrisome rate of road mishaps occasioned by articulated vehicles in a programme titled, Safe to Load.

More Drivers Licence Centres and road safety outposts have been established as well as ambulance points in the country. The Corps established a National Road Safety Advisory Council (NaRSAC) which is directly under the Office of the Vice President with a secretariat at the FRSC national headquarters.

Ingeniously, the FRSC has device means of detecting vehicles without speed limiting device, an offense which violates Section 152 sub-sections 4 of the National Road Traffic Regulations Act of 2012. The section states, ‘’a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiter on any public road.’’

As a regulating and enforcing agency, the FRSC Act of 2007 empowers it to make the use of speed limiting devices mandatory on all vehicles plying Nigerian roads, no matter the status of motorists or persons in the society. ‘’Motorists now know that vehicle tyres do expire. My focus is to raise awareness and save more lives’’, the corps marshal says.

To his credit are the introduction of physical fitness exercise for personnel and the introduction of monthly six-kilometer walking and jogging exercise for officers and men of the corps. According to him, ‘’the idea is to ensure that road safety operatives are both mentally and physically fit to carry out their functions. This is because the exercise itself is a way of refreshing our minds and bodies for the various challenges some stubborn motorists pose to us.

He also introduced the registration of fleet operators under the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme (RTSSS). The scheme regulates the operations of all fleet operators having a minimum of five vehicles. As at 2016, 4,456 were certified. Driving School Standardisation Programme has been reviewed with unique codes generated for applicants in driving schools. The goal is to eliminate sharp practices among driving school operators.

To further underscore the importance of road safety, President Buhari in 2016 directed the agency to train drivers in federal establishments. To continually sustain its vibrancy and leadership in Africa and beyond the FRSC Academy has been upgraded to a degree-awarding institution just as the process of establishing FRSC Traffic Radio is on. The essence of the radio is to reach out to the public on road safety.

While the road safety with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), is implementing the use of speed limiting device, with a massive sensitisation campaign, it has also sealed partnership deals with some institutions to create training opportunities for staff within and outside the country. Remarkably, the FRSC is the only agency of its kind in Africa to be ISO 9001:2008 certified.

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ISO 9001 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 176, Quality management and quality assurance, Subcommittee Quality systems. This fourth edition cancels and replaces the third edition (ISO 9001:2000), which has been amended to clarify points in the text and to enhance compatibility with ISO 14001:2004.

The version of ISO 9001:2008 therefore, incorporates a number of corrections:

Conclusion

As the corps marshal of the road safety, Oyeyemi’s vision is to eradicate road traffic crashes and create a safe motoring environment in Nigeria with a mission to regulate, enforce and coordinate all road traffic and safety management activities through sustained public enlightenment, promotion of stakeholder’s cooperation, robust data management, improved vehicle administration, prompt rescue services, and effective patrol operations. 

Oyeyemi who is married to Bolanle Oluyemisi, and blessed with three children, loves to play tennis, golf, and enjoys cycling, reading, and research.