The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) will soon introduce a device similar to the card reader deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the last general elections, to detect the authenticity of Drivers’ Licence in the country.
The Ogun State Command’s Head of Administration, Mr. Steve Ayodele, disclosed this in his remarks during a sensitization programme for commercial drivers at Kuto Motor Park, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The programme was organised in partnership with CLEEN Foundation to sensitize drivers on the imperatives of approaching FRSC for their licence rather than patronising third parties or touts.
Ayodele said the device, when introduced, would be deployed by FRSC officials on routine check on the roads, the police and banks. According to him: “The FRSC will soon introduce a small machine that will detect fake Drivers’ Licence.”
“The machine is like the card reader used by the Independent National Electoral Commission during the 2015 general elections,” Ayodele stated.
He added: “ The card reader will soon be introduced. The machines would be given to our officials on routine checks on the road, law enforcement agencies like the police and the banks.
Once the Drivers’ Licence is slotted into the machine, it will show whether it is fake or genuine.” Ayodele, while discouraging patronage of touts, said the official fee payable for license was N6,350.
He explained that in order to solve the bottlenecks associated with the procurement of Drivers’ Licence in the state, more centres would soon be opened.
In his remark, the Research and Planning Officer, CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Raphael Mbaegbu, maintained that the organisation was committed to stopping the corruption, which had crept into the process of issuance of Drivers’ Licence across the country, hence the need to sensitise motorists on doing what was right.
Mbaegbu stated: “We have discovered there is a level of corruption in the issuance of the Drivers’ Licence across the country”.
“So, we have decided to organise this programme in conjunction with the FRSC to sensitise motorists who want to obtain Drivers’ Licence or renew expired ones, to follow the right channel”, he added.
“This is to ensure they do not patronise touts who will only get them fake Driver’s Licence,” Mbaegbu said.
Source: The guardian news