NEW DRIVERS’ LICENSE AND NUMBER PLATES: FRSC SET TO PARTNER WITH NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY
In line with its drive towards shoring up public awareness on the new drivers’ license and vehicle number plates, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) has initiated a partnership with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in order to effectively conscientise the Nigerian motoring public on the new licensing regime.
Making this disclosure during a courtesy visit, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Osita Chidoka said that the collaboration has become necessary because “the new drivers’ license and vehicle number plates are two critical projects which require alignment with the National Orientation Agency as a focal government agency for value change and cultural transformation in Nigeria” the Corps Marshal said.
According to him, the National Orientation Agency has remained a consistent ally in the Corps’ public enlightenment programmes such as motor park rallies and ember months campaigns, adding that the orientation agency will no doubt, add fillip to the Corps’ on-going advocacy on the new licensing regime.
Speaking further, the Corps Marshal said that a synergy with the NOA will acquaint Nigerians with the numerous benefits for upgrading the drivers’ license and vehicle number plates in Nigeria especially to address the poor driving culture, national security, multiple licensing and the creation of a credible data base on all drivers and vehicle owners in the country.
In the same vein, the Corps Marshal re-iterated that under the innovations in the nation’s motor vehicle administration, fresh applicants for drivers’ license will have to be certified by accredited driving schools while commercial drivers must undergo regular medical certification before any issuance and renewal of drivers’ license, adding that the FRSC is presently hosting about 2 million drivers’ licenses on its data base from 2004 with general information on traffic related offences which the Corps utilizes to share data with relevant international agencies concerning Nigerians residing outside the shores of the country.
Chidoka also used the forum to solicit the support of the National Orientation Agency during the formal flag-off of a special patrol tagged “Operation Sanity” in the Federal Capital Territory, next week as part pilot scheme, as part of the Corps’ efforts to entrench sanity and proper use of the highways especially during the ember season.
Responding, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Alhaji Idi Farouk stated that the absence of appropriate sanctions has remained a major challenge towards realizing the goals of orientation among Nigerians because according to him, “attitudinal change is critical to our collective drive towards achieving set goals for the transformation agenda”.
He also commended the FRSC for its numerous initiative through the application of information and communication technology in its operation and prosecution of erring motorists which has positively impacted on road traffic conduct in Nigeria.