Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria
Osita Benjamin Chidoka is currently the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria. He is also the President of the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) and President, African Group, International Road Safety Organization (GPA-PRI).
Chidoka obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He thereafter proceeded to the School of Public Policy at George Masson University in the United States of America where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Transport Policy and Logistics. He also holds a certificate in Global Strategy and Political Economy from Oxford University, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Maritime & Ports Management from the National University of Singapore.
Before his appointment as the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, he was a Senior Adviser on Government and Business Relations, Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He had earlier served as Personal Assistant to the Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Transport as well as Special Assistant to the Senior Adviser to the President on Legal Matters.
His leadership of the FRSC has led to the transformation of the Corps to a functional Lead Agency in Road Traffic Administration and Safety Management in the country driven by information and communication technology. This transformation has as its visible impact a 15% reduction in fatalities from 2007 to 2009 and 28% in 2010.
In recognition of Osita Chidoka’s enormous contributions to national and community development, he was invested with the traditional title of Ike-Obosi (Strength of Obosi) and a member of Ndi-Ichie, the highest decision making body of Obosi Traditional Council of Anambra State in May, 2009.
Osita has through the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the past two years spearheaded the cycling revolution gradually forming in Nigeria. He has been leading campaigns for bicycle transportation funding, infrastructure and facility provisions, which has attracted attention of various authorities who are now taking steps in the positive direction. He in collaboration with the Federal Minister of Transport also set up a National Stakeholders Forum on Bicycle Transportation with membership from the government, bicycle user groups, NGOs, etc and funded by his organisation (FRSC) who have completed the first edition of the National Bicycle Policy and Strategy 2013-2016.