Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has hailed the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), over the introduction of digital technology, particularly in driver’s licence processing, with a drastic time cut for applicants.
This is as he expressed regrets over the high rate of deaths recorded due to road crashes across Nigeria.
Dogara who gave the commendation yesterday at the Corps’ headquarters in Abuja when he visited to renew his driver’s licence, also met with the Board and management of the FRSC.
He described the technological deployment as a pleasant surprise but pointed out that the process can further be shortened to one whereby the applicant needs only do biometric data capturing within minutes.
“Even though this is a pleasant surprise for me because I was just here for data capturing and I thought I will just spend 2 or 3 minutes and I’ll be gone, but it’s all well because it’s in the national interest that we are having the meeting and I’m glad that we are working for the interest of our great country and to see this team-spirit playing out among members of your board.
“In some other agencies, we have had reports of how members of the board are fighting with the head of the agencies especially in the question of what is the delineation of the authorities of the board, but here you are working together seamlessly as I have seen among you; the spirit of comradeship, I must commend and I’m optimistic that things will definitely be better.
“I must also say that I am more than impressed by the infrastructure that I have seen here. I was just telling the Corps Marshal that if they had told me outside that we have attained this level of sophistication in terms of the deployment of technology, I wouldn’t believe it: I now believe and know that truly we have made a quantum leap in terms of applying technology in order to better our lot here in Nigeria.
“What you do here is very important, and that forms part of the mandate of governance in the protection/securing of lives and property of our citizens and I have seen the statistics of deaths on our roads, with the Corps Marshal saying an average of 93 lives are lost weekly; I think that is very high even though commendable that by deployment of technology we have been able to crash the figures. I believe we can even do more and further cut this number in the nearest future”, he said.
The speaker also assured the board that the FRSC establishment Act amendment Bill before the House will he given speedy passage.
Earlier, the chairman, Governing Board of the FRSC, Malam Bunari Bello, appealed to the speaker to help ensure the amendment Bill to the Corps’ extant Act is passed and enacted before the expiration of life of the current National Assembly.
“We are urging you to assist us get the law amended so that it can become operational within the life of this National Assembly, because if we do not achieve it now, we have to start all over again. I really think we should device a way of getting it done without starting ‘denovo’. This is because it can be very frustrating when you spend five years prosecuting a case and either the Judge retires or it goes to the Court of Appeal, and you have to start again, and some times you see some of the witnesses die in the process and that has destroyed the whole work done,” he said.
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