[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi has charged the officers responsible for the National Vehicle Identification Scheme under the uniform licensing scheme to work for the sustenance of the integrity of the database on drivers and vehicles, saying that the scheme will eventually facilitate tracking down traffic offenders and other criminals across the nation.
Addressing participants at a workshop organised for the desk officers in charge of the National Vehicle Identification Scheme at the FRSC Academy Udi Enugu state, Corps Marshal Oyeyemi emphasised the need for them to show efficiency and commitment to prompt uploading of records on registered vehicles to the national database, stating that records of all the number plates issued by the state governments must be properly captured on national database to ensure the credibility and robustness of the scheme.
According to Oyeyemi, FRSC as the lead agency for road safety management and administration in the country has responsibility for maintaining credible database on drivers and vehicles. This he said facilitates identification of traffic offenders and those that engage in other heinous crimes but escape justice due to lack of credible biometric data on them and the vehicles they use.
He further stated that with reforms already carried out by the FRSC in ensuring the integrity of the licensing scheme coupled with the emphasis being placed on staff capacity building to improve on the efficiency of the system, he was confident that the contributions of the FRSC to national development would continue to be appreciated.
While stressing the importance of efficient licensing system to national security efforts, Oyeyemi warned staff to avoid acts capable of undermining the integrity of the process, saying that such acts undermine national security efforts, warning that perpetrators would face severe disciplinary measures. “Accordingly, you must never engage in any shady deals for whatever reasons,” he warns.
“You must be patient, meticulous and efficient while uploading information on vehicles to the database to make the process credible. I demand total dedication from you in this task of making the database perform optimally to the expectations of Nigerians,” he added.
Corps Marshal Oyeyemi congratulated the participants for being part of the process that could uphold the much needed integrity of the national database, stating that the efficiency of the system would greatly aid the collective desire to resolve some of the safety and security challenges facing the country. He therefore, charged the desk officers to improve on their data collation strategy through prompt uploading of the records on registered vehicles.
While commending those officers whose vigilance has led to detection and recovery of some stolen vehicles across the country, Oyeyemi stressed that with credible database of drivers and vehicles, there would be no hiding place for any traffic offenders and criminal minded people, charging them, therefore, to use the platform to showcase the benefits of the National Uniform Licensing Scheme to the resolution of some of the security challenges of the country as well as FRSC’s contributions to national development.
“You must ensure that such relevant information as the telephone number of the vehicle owners; correct means of identifying them including their residential addresses as well as the vehicle identification numbers are complete before submitting them for upload, to avoid unnecessary request for correction after submission,” Oyeyemi stated
The workshop themed: ‘’Improving Vehicle Data collection and Robust Database for National Development”, attracted participants from the 36 FRSC sector commands across the Federation, including the FCT.
Among those that graced the opening ceremony were the Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Motor Vehicle Administration, Theophilus Charles, the Commandant of the FRSC Academy Udi, Assistant Corps Marshal Kenneth Nwaegbe and the Head of National Uniform Licensing Scheme, Assistant Corps Marshal Hyginus Fomsouku,