FRSC: Outrage Over Posting Of Married Officers
…Group Calls On Jonathan To Reverse Posting
BEVERLY HILLS, September 02, (THEWILL) - The recent postings at the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have triggered mixed reactions across the country.
FRSC's authority had on Monday released the names of FRSC's personnel posted to various parts of the country but the release of the list which also included married women had triggered outrage.
Reacting to the development, a Lagos-based human rights group, Network for the Defence of Public Servants (NDPS), in a statement on Tuesday obtained by THEWILL, condemned the postings of married women from one end of the country to another in the recent transfers .
The statement signed by the Executive Director of NDPS, Dr. Babatunde Badmos, and Executive Secretary, Barrister Eugene Okocha, alleged that the posting was aimed at disrupting family values in the respective homes of the affected officers.
The statement said the policy of the new Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, will affect the morale of the affected officers and their spouses whose families are being put in disarray.
'We are surprised that Boboye Oyeyemi, a career officer, whose appointment was wildly jubilated by officers and marshals in the commission, will pay them back with this untoward policy by separating families just because they work under his commission.
'How on earth do you explain a female officer, who has spent about four or five years in Port Harcourt to be transferred to Adamawa State, what happens to her children? What happens to her husband and in a case where the officer is a widow or not residing with her husband, what happens to her children? Is it now a sin for married women to serve in the FRSC?' it asked.
The group however said though it was not against married female officers being transferred, it noted that such posting should be within the zonal commands of the commission as being practiced in other sister para-military organisations for their female officers.
'If the married female officer serving in Port Harcourt is posted to another command within the zone, it would be tolerable. Such officer will know how to manage herself and the home front but transfer from Port Harcourt to Adamawa is despicable. There are many officers undergoing this plight in the posting released last Monday,' the group added.
The group therefore called on President Goodluck Jonathan, the Senate President, David Mark and Speaker, House of Representatives, Tambuwal to intervene and ensure the reversal of the posting.
'If this policy of Boboye is allowed to stand, the many homes of the affected female officers will break and their children short-changed of adequate parental care. The male officers are understandable but that of female officer's posting is condemnable', the group said.