Corp Marshall, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi has said 54 percent of the over 3,700 of such drivers operating in the country, hold the fake licenses.
Oyeyemi, speaking at the weekend during a meeting of Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker, NUPENG, in Benin City said 54 percent of the over 3,700 of such drivers operating in the country, hold the fake licenses.
To deal with the menace he said that the FRSC will in few weeks embark on an, ‘Operation Scorpion’, targeting petroleum tankers, who must urgently obtain genuine drivers license from established centers across the country.
The FRSC boss who sued for cooperation with PTD arm of NUPENG towards improving safety of the highways safe, stressed that the agency’s programme is designed to provide safe haulage business while preserving lives and properties.
Oyeyemi, represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Mr. Austine Aipoh also reiterated that the implementation of the Speed Limiting Devices for vehicles has already commenced.
He added that it will involve subtle enforcement without the booking of arrested offenders but sensitizing drivers towards installing the devices, even as he tasked the body on the need to cooperate with officials of the Commission.
Meanwhile, National chairman of the PTD branch of NUPENG, Comrade Salimon Akanni Oladiti has said that the federal government Nigerian Security and Civil defense Commission, NSCDC officials “should be called to order to avoid unpleasant situation,” of harassing tanker drivers.
He said, “in as much as we give this new government time to settle down to proper governance, our patience cannot be stretched forever”, referring to the recent clamp down by the ‎NSCDC of vandals of the nation’s pipelines leading to the arrest of many PTD members.
He urged the federal government to wade into what he described as the “unlawful and corrupt behavior of some unscrupulous members of the National Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, who constitute nuisance on highways in the guise of checking illegal products from vandalised pipelines.”

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