By G9ija

The House of Representatives has denied approving firearms for members of the Federal Road Safety Corps .

The House Committee on FRSC , at a press conference in Abuja on Monday , said it only expressed concerns over the safety of members of the corps .

On Thursday , the Corps Marshall , Boboye Oyeyemi , had appeared before the committee to defend the 2021 budget proposed by the FRSC , where he lamented the threats to officers of the corps .

At the meeting , the lawmakers suggested that members of the corps should bear arms to curtail the excesses of road users in the country .

On Monday , Chairman of the committee, Mr Mayowa Akonfolarin , said , “ We were with the Federal Road Safety Corps for budget defence and in that meeting, it was clearly stated that as responsive representative, we owe it a duty to protect lives and properties on our roads . The Marshal made some reports concerning the harassment, molestations, killings of his corps officers and we responded as a committee ; a committee that is very responsive and sensitive to the plight of Nigerians.

“ We made it clear that we owe it a duty to ensure safety on our roads. The road safety people and road users are all Nigerians and it is our responsibility – it is an issue of two sides of a coin – that the personnel of the road safety must be protected . And we made it clear in that meeting that safety on our roads is a collective responsibility .