The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC)’s insistence on Nationwide Identification Amount (NIN) for issuance of driver’s licence and automobile registration is bringing sanity and credibility to the tactic, although points keep, writes ROBERT EGBE
Couldn’t drive, nonetheless wished a driver’s license? In any other case you merely needed to renew an expired one?Nigerians will bear in mind the best way it was as soon as: with the right sum of money to an official or their proxies hanging exterior Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) buildings, one thing was attainable.
Nevertheless recently, points are fast altering, notably with the persevering with drive to mainstream the Nationwide Identification Amount (NIN) amount in regularly official transactions.
These days, the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi supplied the report of the Committee on Residents Data Administration and Harmonisation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The report emphasised that the FRSC had made NIN compulsory for processing and issuance of driver’s license.
The switch made numerous sense, on account of the nationwide driver’s license is, incontrovertibly, not solely a permit or authorisation to drive a automobile on Nigerian roads however moreover a extraordinarily valued identification and security doc.
Nationwide Driver’s Licence Scheme
The Nationwide Driver’s Licence Scheme (NDLS) was launched in 1990. Since then, it has developed with successive FRSC leaderships to make such a doc associated to nationwide development.
The evolution contains harmonising and standardising the issuance of driver’s licence and automobile amount plates inside the nation for the intention of creating sure security, administration and safety.
The FRSC well-known that the earlier licensing regime was characterised by a number of sorts of Driver’s Licences, irregularity in data of candidates on licenses from state to state and inconsistency in data seize arising from completely completely different codecs deployed from state to state, amongst completely different challenges.
The state of affairs sooner than the Federal Authorities by the use of the Nationwide Govt Council adopted the driving drive’s licence and the related automobile amount plate as security paperwork, and their launch by former President Goodluck Jonathan on September 2, 2011, was merely dysfunctional and problematic.
A former FRSC Corps Marshal, Osita Chidoka, described it thus: “Workers on patrol had no means to verify a driver’s licence, no functionality to confirm the authenticity of a amount plate, no means to know if an offender had been booked sooner than for any offence by one different patrol crew.
Additional worrisome, FRSC was recurrently inundated with requests by worldwide jurisdictions to verify a driver’s licence and as well as domestically the Monetary and Financial Crimes Charge EFCC and Police made routine requests for plate amount verification or for proof in court docket docket.”
Thus, the NDLS was, amongst others, meant to deal with catastrophe of issuance and administration of driver’s licence that may confirm complaints on the genuineness of the doc and diversified allegation of corruption inside the issuance.
Challenges of the system
Nevertheless whatever the evolution of the system, the report observed that points, along with group hitches and downtime, identification theft, corruption, and lots of others, keep.
It however outlined how these are being tackled.
Oyeyemi lamented that points surrounding the manufacturing of the driving drive’s license, was being exploited by dishonest people of their attempt to corrupt the driving drive’s licence issuance course of.
Nevertheless he expressed confidence that that using NIN would confirm corruption inside the manufacturing chain of the doc.
Harping on the need to boost on the driving drive’s licence manufacturing he pledged the FRSC’s dedication to bringing to bear the whole weight of the price’s legal guidelines in ensuring self-discipline.
“To curb corruption inside the driver’s licence manufacturing chain, NIN is now compulsory for anyone making use of for the licence.
“We’re hopeful that should you want to renew your licence in any other case you want to get a model new one, it will be compulsory that you just simply get a NIN sooner than you proceed,” he talked about.
Why related companies ought to participate
Nevertheless the FRSC alone cannot treatment the problem. Totally different companies ought to buy-in, notably as a result of it pertains to automobile registration.
Oyeyemi well-known that the requirement of NIN would moreover apply to automobile registration, together with that Nigeria, like many various nations, was experiencing challenges concerning identification theft.
This, he outlined, required that related companies ought to firm-up their identification strategies such that each one avenues of breaches might be efficiently closed.
Oyeyemi talked about: “And never utilizing a NIN, you possibly can’t proceed with any automobile registration. That’s moreover to make it possible for the correct knowledge is equipped.
“As an illustration, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has already adhered to this by ensuring that NIN is compulsory when making use of for worldwide passport or visa.
“So, that is important to the FRSC as it is going to ease the processing of the driving drive’s licence to stay away from double identification as correctly.
“That’s moreover part of efforts we’re setting as much as fight corruption and that’s moreover a big technique to curb crime as correctly on account of we now have a number of folks which have completely completely different identities.
“Take into consideration you go to NIS, you utilize a particular title, you go to monetary establishment, you’ve got a particular title, you go to FRSC, you’ve got one different title, even with MTN or completely different networks, you’ve got one different.
“Now, the Nationwide Id Administration Charge (NIMC) will play their place by ensuring that everyone has the NIN so as to stay away from double identification and this shall be routinely imported to our website to ease the manufacturing of the driving drive’s licence.”
Additional work stations opened nationwide
The FRSC boss outlined that the corps has 37 DLCs and 217 work stations nationwide with the intent to develop and make the processing centres perform efficiently such that the enlargement and your full programme is likely to be justifiable.
Oyeyemi talked about: “Newest report of group hitches and downtime was rampant nonetheless it has been addressed with the acceptable distributors so as to preserve the scheme working hitch-free.
“All DLCs ought to take advantage of the environment friendly group to boost on service provide.
“I hereby reiterate the dedication of administration in route of the continuous repairs and enhance of all our platforms to all the time meet with the requires of the trendy society.
“Administration has decided to develop the scope of safety nationwide, due to this fact 571 station locations of labor have been established signalling that the presence of FRSC has extended to all native authorities areas of the federation, besides riverine areas.
“By implication, avenue safety education and advocacy has been taken to the grassroots. The corps data gathering and fundamental data administration shall be enhanced to supply greater protection advice to authorities on avenue transport points,’’ he talked about.
Draw back of extortion
Corps Public Coaching Officer Bisi Kazeem, warned FRSC personnel in opposition to extortion or each different sharp practices which may tarnish the image of the corps.
Kazeem talked about that FRSC would not hesitate to punish any personnel found extorting driver’s licence candidates.
He talked about that the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Totally different Related Offences Charge (ICPC) arrested 25 Automotive Inspection Officers (VIOs) on alleged drivers’ licence and automobile particulars’ fraud in August.
Kazeem moreover talked about that the opinions regarding the state of affairs of extortion was getting alarming quite a bit so that the FRSC collaborated with the ICPC and Division of Security Service (DSS) to confirm it.
“They deployed know-how and made the arrest. The practice shall be sustained to rid the corps of unhealthy eggs.
“We abhor corrupt tendencies. There are inside mechanisms — the Corps Marshal Monitoring Unit and Surveillance and intelligence Unit.
“There are moreover zonal commanding officers unit of surveillance and monitoring, sector commander’s unit, all aimed towards checking excesses of marshals.
“You may realise from the report that it was a joint effort. Now we have now always been initiating and calling for all fingers to be on deck to rid our actions of corrupt tendencies.
“This is not moreover completely completely different. The indicted officers are already positioned on interdiction which suggests the price of half of their wage until their circumstances are disposed of,’’ he talked about.
Mr Wadata Bodinga, Director, Automotive Inspection Office (VIO), Abuja, urged Nigerians to utilize the corporate’s self-service centres for automobile papers registration and renewal and stop going by the use of touts and brokers.
Bodinga talked about that the corporate’s self-service system by the use of www.selfservice.drts.gov.ng eliminates bodily contacts.
“Chances are you’ll renew your automobile particulars and even pay in your fines at anytime, wherever with solely a click on on in your cellular phone handset, laptop computer pc or iPad.
“All it is important do is to have data in your machine, log on to the service take care of and observe the instructions to the tip.
“Everytime you try this, you’ve got the conceitedness that you just’re paying on to the federal authorities.
“By so doing, it is non-obligatory should you occur to find out to hunt the assistance of each touts or brokers it whosoever, nonetheless a greater, additional reliable chance has been made on the market,’’ he talked about.