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The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, on Thursday, said that any of the corps’ personnel caught in the issuance of fake driver’s licence would be shown the way out of the service.
Oyeyemi, who made the remark during a programme organised in partnership with Cleen Foundation on Sensitisation of Driver’s Licence Application and Renewal Procedures in Nigeria at Jabi Motorpark, Abuja, said the move is part of the effort to sanitise the system.
He stressed that the corps would not condone any act of misconduct from members of the staff.
Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Manpower Development, Kingsley Agomoh, called on Nigerians to, as much as possible, keep the FRSC informed about the activities of the fraudsters.
“We encourage people to come forward and give us information and if any of our personnel is caught, we have a process of dealing with that person. Definitely, the person must have gotten a new job somewhere. We don’t encourage it and we will not condone it. So we advise the public, if you know any person, any staff that is involved in such activity, report the person to us,” he said.
Oyeyemi, who said that the price for processing driver’s licence is N6, 350, warned that any driver caught with fake driver’s licence would be arrested and punished accordingly.
“It is an offence for you to drive with a fake driver’s licence and even beyond this country, people have been jailed for carrying fake driver’s licence. So we sensitise people to let them know that it is an offence. If you are caught, you will be arrested. And once you are caught with a fake driver’s licence, we assume you are not a driver. The vehicle will be impounded and then you will be given a fine to go and pay,” he said.
He said that the corps, as part of the effort to address the delay experienced in the printing of permanent driver’s licence cards, more driving licence centres have been established around the country.
He warned motorists to stop patronising the touts for their driver’s licence and number plate processes, saying these can be done at various designated offices nationwide.
Programme Officer of Cleen Foundation, Chisom Ugwu, said that the driver’s licence sensitisation programmme was an institutional partnership to create awareness on the need for motorists in the country to acquire genuine licence.
Speaking, the representatives of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Arowo Busoye, who lamented that most of their members, more often than not, fall into wrong hands on issuance of driver’s licence and number plate, thanked the FRSC and the Cleen Foundation for organising the event