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Emir of Ilorin restates need to arm FRSC

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jérôme Pasquier, has expressed the readiness of his country to strengthen its ties with Kwara State, especially in the areas of agriculture, trade and tourism.

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Pasquier stated this yesterday at a dinner organised by the state government, in Ilorin, in his honour and in commemoration of the second anniversary of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration.

“We visited the economic side, cultural side, training, agriculture and we have been able to see how many projects Your Excellency has done in the last two years. What I can assure you as a representative of France is that we are willing to work with Nigeria and Kwara State

“We know that we have many friends of France in Nigeria. I can also assure you that there are many friends of Nigeria in France. So, we can cooperate more and I believe Kwara can have a prominent place in the cooperation between France and Nigeria,” the envoy said.

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According to him, Kwara is more than ever ready and better positioned to absorb more development in critical sectors through partnerships, adding that the administration of AbdulRazaq has emplaced policies to enhance ease of doing business in the state.

MEANWHILE, the Emir of Ilorin/Chairman of the Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Dr. Sulu Gambari, has reiterated the need for the Federal Government to arm officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to defend themselves against criminal elements.

While receiving, in his Ilorin palace, the new Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC Zone RS8, Assistant Corps Marshal Clement Oladele, the monarch relayed his initial encounter with the FRSC in the early 1990s, after the establishment of the FRSC, along the Ogbomosho-Oyo road. 

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He applauded the swift professionalism displayed by the FRSC team on that day, noting that in the course of interacting with the officials, he learnt that they deal with all manner of motorists, which exposes them to danger.

Since then, The Guardian gathered, Gambari has been pressuring the Federal Government to arm the FRSC marshals on patrol to ensure their protection, especially in the current security situation.

Earlier, Oladele had commended the monarch for his support to highway safety in the country and solicited his blessings and support to make highways safer in Kwara, Kogi and Ekiti states where he superintends road safety activities.

Oladele, before his new appointment, was the commandant of the FRSC Academy in Enugu.

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