“While I will not want to bore you with statistics and the successes so far recorded since the upgrade of driver’s licence and number plates, it is pertinent to point out that under the tripartite arrangement the FRSC BIR (MLAS) and VIO work together for the same purpose
The Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Boboye Oyeyemi has restated the commitment of the corps to reform the nation’s licensing system by improving the capacity of staff, provision of technologies and collaboration with other stakeholders in the road transport sector.
Oyeyemi stated this during the sensitization programme on driver’s licence application and renewal procedures in Nigeria at Jabi Motor Park, Utako, Abuja.
He said that more driving licence centers have been established in various parts of the country which includes the drivers’ licence plant in Kado, Abuja. The Corps Marshal disclosed that the Kado plant was set up to address the delay experienced in printing of permanent drivers’ licence cards.
“While I will not want to bore you with statistics and the successes so far recorded since the upgrade of driver’s licence and number plates, it is pertinent to point out that under the tripartite arrangement the FRSC, BIR (MLAS) and VIO work together for the same purpose,” he said.
The Corps Marshal informed that with the ‘one stop shop’ initiative of FRSC, there has been renewed commitment and deliberate resolution of stakeholders to ensure quick production and distribution of driver’s licences, which he said has led to improved service delivery.
He identified some of the challenges affecting quick and efficient service delivery which include low uploading of data, racketeering and slow collection of printed driver’s licence. He decried the attitude of some applicants who failed to collect their licences even when they received text messages from the commission.
Oyeyemi said that some of the identified challenges within the National Driving Licence Scheme are being tackled. He said that additional 71 centres across the nation to complement the existing 129 centers in order to reduce congestion of people waiting to be captured. He promised that by the end of the year over 200 capturing centers will be created.
“As the leading agency for road management and administration in the country, FRSC has keyed into the Accra Declaration and United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety: 2011-2020 as well as vision 2020 which are targeted at reducing road traffic fatalities by 50 percent by 2015 and making Nigeria one of the safest countries for drivers in the world by 2020.
“If the targets are to be met with the nexus that exists between the drivers’ licence and number plates and our campaign against road traffic crashes, we have no option but to work harder to create the necessary efficiency in the system.