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FRSC adamant licence, plate deadline will be met

12 September 2013, 15:00

Abuja - Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has deployed fibre optic cables at its offices to back up its network and subsequently meet its September 30 deadline of issuing digitalised drivers’ licences and number plates.

Glitches have characterised the exercise of issuing of new licences.

FRSC Corp Marshal, Osita Chidoka, blamed the lapses in the information technology system used by the agency.

He said the organization had introduced and was implementing the use of fibre cables in the driver’s license offices across the nation to serve as a support system for the network when it eventually has problems.

“It is a huge IT project where we want to capture the data, finger prints, face and demographic data of an individual and send it over through the network to the central data base” noting that “it is done over the network and anytime you have a network failure, the process stalls,” he said.

He berated the use of fake driver’s license in the country and warned those involved in issuing them to desist from the practice or face prosecution.

Chidoka claimed it is now possible to verify Nigeria’s license abroad.

This follows the arrest of a Swiss-Nigerian citizen, who was found in possession of a fake license.

He was sentenced to three months imprisonment without an option of fine in Switzerland.

Chidoka said the new licence would not be easily forged but only be accessed through legitimate means.

He said despite the hitches, the deadline for the switch to the new system remained but the Joint Tax Board (JTB) will “in the next few days” conclude   whether it will be extended.

- CAJ News


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