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FRSC competence in doubt as license deadline missed

20 September 2013, 10:30Augustine Ifeanyi

Lagos – Experts called on the government to offer private companies the contract to issue new vehicle licences.

This follows the failure by the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) to meet the deadline to issue the documents.

Some experts who spoke to CAJ News in Lagos said the failure to meet the deadline highlighted that FRSC lacked the technical competence to handle such a project.

FRSC has not been able capture all prospective applicants for the new vehicle license, one year after the project began.

FRSC this week extended the deadline for new vehicles registration project from September 2013 to June 30 2014.

The corps had given September 30 as deadline for motorists to obtain the vital document and was expected to commence a nationwide enforcement on October 1.

After revelations more than 50 percent of motorists had yet to procure the document, FRSC bowed to pressure to extend the deadline.

The registration deadline was shifted by nine months for abnormalities being encountered at the various capturing centres in the country to be corrected. This followed discussions between key stakeholders in the transport sector and the Federal Government.

Speaking on the issue, data management specialist, Barth Okenwa, said the government should have engaged the services of experts for the job instead of spending millions of Naira for the project but to no avail.

“What is happening with this vehicle license project is a clear case of incompetence and sheer waste of government funds. FRSC does not have the technical knowledge to do that job. It is 12 months now since the project started and they have not been able to issue even 20 percent of the required licenses. If government wants that job done properly, I believe that right thing to do is to contract it out instead of continuing to extend deadline with no prospect for results,” he said.

Another expert, Adeyemi Olaniyi, concurred.

“It was clear from the beginning that either government was unserious about the project when it refused to contract the project to data management companies. Data capturing job is a serious task and should not be left in the hands of incompetent government agencies.  What does FRSC know about data capturing? There are expert for that job and they should be given the opportunity to do the job,” he said.

– CAJ News


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