Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi has said that the FRSC will introduce the National Identity Number (NIN) information for vehicle registration by the first quarter of 2021.
Mr Oyeyemi also stated that driver’s licence would no longer be issued without the NIN information from next month.
The Corps Marshall expressed his concerns for road safety adding that the NIN will ensure safety of roads through the use of technology.
Whilst speaking at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Friday, Mr Oyeyemi highlighted the importance of NIN in curbing fake licences and promoting reliable security.
“I must commend the government. With the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), now we have one national database, one identity. You cannot use double identity now and with the biometrics, you cannot be funny.
“You know before some people have about five different identities but now you are forced to pick one. Once you pick one with NIMC that is what you will be using because it is now going to be as from next month (December). It is going to be compulsory.
“Now if you want to renew your driver’s licence or you want to obtain a fresh driver licence, you must provide your NIN. NIN is the first thing and with that, no biometrics will be done again they will import it from NIMC.
“So I am talking about using technology now to enhance security so with this I think we make progress we are really on course,” he said.
The FRSC Corps Marshal also added that prescribed fees could be paid to the state government through their internal revenue service and only the Vehicles Inspection Office (VIO) is authorized to test applicants.
Mr Oyeyemi who spoke extensively stated that the VIO would thereafter refer applicants for capturing which would be transferred to the database of the country.
“Now a lot of things have been occurring, you cannot get a licence by proxy, anybody that does not go for the physical capture for the first issuance of a licence is not a genuine licence, it is fake.
“I am happy when I came on board, I came on board in 2014, the first thing we did was to establish a verification portal. Where the portal is now done, all those with fake licences disappeared, they now had to go and do a new one.
“A fake licence is N25,000 to N30,000, an original licence is N6,350 but I won’t blame them, it is the ‘bigmanism.’ People are not ready to follow the process and along the line too this NIN information for drivers licence the same thing will come on board before the end of the first quarter next year for vehicle registration.
“If you want to register your vehicle, it is going to be compulsory for you to provide your NIN. These are parts of the security checks. So once you provide your NIN, it makes the matter to be simpler,” he said.
He implored the nation to learn from other developed countries that have fought crime successfully by harnessing technology.
The FRSC boss also took out time to applaud security and law enforcement agencies for effective use of their databases so far.