Mrs Onanuga thanked the team for choosing Ogun State as its first State for the national patrol outside Lagos and Abuja. She expressed her government’s resolve to assist the FRSC just as it has always done in curbing road crashes in the State.
The Sector Commander of FRSC Ogun State, Commander Oladele, expressed his delight on the presence of the Celerity Marshals in the State. He further thanked the State Government for the assistance it has been rendering to the Agency.
Ogun State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye who incidentally is a pioneer member of the Celebrity Marshals also commended the Celebrity Marshals for deeming it fit to extend their programme to the gateway State.
The State Governor was later inducted as the pioneer Patron of the Celebrity Special Marshals.
The National Patrol proper took place within the Abeokuta Metropolis on Saturday 11th February 2017.Some of the Celebrity Special Marshals that participated in the exercise were Okey Bakassi, Dayo Adeneye, Segun Arinze, Bola Salako, Osam Isaac, Azu Arinze, Emeka Rollas, Emma Oguguah, KSB, Usama Ubioku, Charles Nwagbara, Azu Amatus, Fidelis Duker, Abubakar Yakubu and CKN.
Other participants were officers and men of the Ogun State Sector Command of the FRSC, Ogun State Special Marshal Unit led by its coordinator, Officers and Men of TRACE, Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, top officials of various Ministries in the State.
The team which was later divided into three sub groups,engaged in sharing of hand bills educating motorists and enforcing the use of seat belts (which most taxis in Abeokuta don’t use),the issue of use of telephone and drinking also formed part of the event. Some members of the team apart from granting interviews on televisions also participated in live TV programmes to drive home the message.
The team was later joined by the Executive Governor of Ogun State Senator Ibikunle Amosun,who expressed his joy at the presence of the Celebrity Marshals in the State.
He apologized for not physically receiving the group when they visit the Government House on Friday due to some other urgent schedules.He pledged his unflinching support for the activities of not only the Celebrity marshals but the Sector Command of the FRSC in the State. He urged the Celebrity Marshals to make their visits a regular one asking them to visit the other Senatorial District of the State.
The Coordinator General of the FRSC Celebrity Special Marshals Chris Kehinde Nwandu thanked the governor for making out time out of his ever busy schedule to join the Patrol team.