The meeting scheduled between JCI Nigeria representatives and the Deputy Corps Marshall (SDERS) of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC was a huge success as both parties came to meaningful conclusions and agreed partnership terms.

The meeting held at the SDER’s office, FRSC Headquarters, Zone 3 Abuja. The JCI Nigeria President, JCI Amb. Olorunnisola Abiola, who was accompanied by JCIN Amb. Aina Segun Aina, JCI Amb. Desmond Umukoro (President, JCI Abuja Unity), and JCI Peter Emmanuel were all warmly received by the Deputy Corps Marhsall of the FRSC, Mr H Z, Fuomsuk. Other high-ranking corps marshal were also invited to join the 40 minutes meeting.

The meeting began with recitation of the 2nd Stanza of the National anthem led by the Protocol officer after which the JCI National President addressed the DCM and other corps marshal present. In his remark, he highlighted the core values, vision and mission of the organization and the direction of the national organization for the year 2020. While starting the purpose of the official visit, he presented the DCM SDERs with a proposal designed specifically for the FRSC. He proceeded to state specific areas where both organizations can collaborate for impact while leveraging each other’s resources. Mr President described the Defensive driving project scope and highlighted the key reasons for the proposed partnership. Mr aina added that while some local organizations have since embarked upon such projects with various levels of engagement and laudable outcomes, it was important to replicate such across all areas where JCI Nigeria members are. Mr president added that as an organization poised with raising competent leaders for a fast-changing world and keen on community development, such partnership would go a long way in fulfilling both organizations desire to have reduced road accidents and the fatalities thereof through responsible or defensive driving.

The DCM, commenting on the purpose of the JCI visit, said the job of road safety is not solely for the FRSC, and as such the organization welcomes partners whose objectives, goals and activities aligns with those of the FRSC. He welcomed warmly the proposed “Defensive Driving” project and assured our team that he would take up the discussion with the Corps Marshall. He also shared other focus areas of interest for the FRSC such as ‘Child Restraint Campaign/Advocacy’ and urged our team to consider coming up with a suitable programme/project in line with it. He proceeded to invite the other senior officers present in the meeting to make inputs or ask question if there be any. Mr AC Nwachukwu, requested for the membership database of the JCI Nigeria as a key document for future collaborations and engagement at the various sectors or states levels.

On partnership, he asked that JCI Nigeria draft an MoU and send across to the FRSC to enable the formal processes leading to the partnership contract. He assured us that his office would note and make the necessary recommendations to help make all the processes more fluid. He charged the officer in charge of external relations to note the discussions and treat accordingly as well as consider introducing JCI into the Corps Special Marshall. Our team enquired what it takes to form a Special Marshall unit, and we were informed that it takes a minimum of 25 persons. With no further questions asked by the FRSC officials, the JCI Nigeria president called the attention of the DCM to the proposed date for the execution of the project, April 16th, 2020. The DCM assured our team that all discussions from the meeting would be properly documented and communicated to the FRSC Corps Marshall and that we would be contacted in due course. The meeting ended with group photographs and the JCI Nigeria president thanked the DCM for the meeting and productive discussions