Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the National Identification Number (NIN) is now compulsory for processing and issuance of the driver’s licence.
Oyeyemi, who made this known at a workshop organised for sector heads of the drivers’ licence on Friday in Abuja, said the step was to curb corruption.
He lamented that there had been a lot of problems surrounding the production of the drivers’ licence.
Oyeyemi said that there was need to improve on the drivers’ licence production, adding that the FRSC management was committed to bringing to bare, the full weight of the commission’s regulations in ensuring discipline.
According to him, the drivers’ licence is not just a permit or an authorisation to drive a vehicle on Nigerian roads, but also a highly valued identification and security document.
“It is useful for identity tracking, especially when it involves travelling and driving outside the country. The data base remains reliable in the storage of information concerning drivers’ licence holders in the country. As a matter of fact, it also offers support to the different agencies who desire to keep a tab on the identity of holders, including the diplomatic community. It is, therefore, clear in line with the direction of government to guard against practices that are inimical to the sustenance. To curb corruption in the drivers’ licence production chain, NIN is now mandatory for anyone applying for the licence. We are hopeful that as from next month, if you want to renew your licence or you want to get a new one, it is going to be compulsory that you get a NIN before you proceed”.
Oyeyemi, however, noted that the same would apply to vehicle registration, saying that Nigeria, like many other countries, was experiencing challenges relating to identity theft.
He said this required that responsible agencies of nations must firm-up their identity systems such that all avenues of breaches would be effectively closed.
“Without a NIN, you cannot continue with any vehicle registration. This is also to ensure that correct information is provided. For instance, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has already adhered to this by ensuring that NIN is compulsory when applying for international passport or visa. So, this is very important to the FRSC as it would ease the processing of the drivers’ licence to avoid double identity as well. This is also part of efforts we are putting in place to fight corruption and this is also a major way to curb crime as well because we have a lot of people that have different identities. Imagine you go to the immigration service, you use a different name, you go to bank, you have a different name, you visit FRSC, you have another name, even with MTN or other networks, you have another. Now, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will play their role by ensuring that everyone has the NIN so as to avoid double identity and this will be automatically imported to our site to ease the production of the driver’s licence”.
The year 2020 theme of the workshop is “Curbing Corruption in the Drivers’ Licence Production Chain”.