National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, has urged the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, to curb proliferation of fake driver licences instead of imposing what it described as arbitrary fines on innocent holders.
National president of the NURTW, Alhaji Najeem UsmanYasin who stated this yesterday at the eighth Quadrennial National Delegates Conference in Abuja, said that many motorists had fallen victims to numbers of syndicates engaged in the illegal production of driving licences for lack of sustained public awareness campaign and information dissemination.
Yasin therefore called on the FRSC to embark on aggressive campaign regarding issuance of the new driving licence and well make provision for commercial driver’s licence.
According to him, “We are all aware that there are too many unlicensed/unqualified drivers with little or no knowledge of road rules in this nation. Some people even get their licences without having even taking the mandatory driving test. This means that wrong people are acquiring licences for which they are not qualified to hold.”
While commending and urging the FRSC to continue the good works it had been doing, the union appealed to the federal government to give appropriate support to the commission so as to reduce carnages on the nation’s highways.
“In the same vein, we must also commend the efforts of Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, for taking cognisance of the important roles they play in road administration in Nigeria.
“The NURTW and the Road Traffic Departments all over the country have enjoyed closed working relationship for many years even before the creation of the Federal Road Safety Corps. We at NURTW have always held VIOSs in high esteem and value their contribution and at the same time urge them to keep it up,” he said.
On the issue of security in the country, Yasin recommended that the federal government should open talks with those alleged to be responsible for the unrest in the North-East, adding that this would provide a platform for a meaningful dialogue and resolution of the crisis.
Speaking at the occasion, Corp Marshall of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi urged the NURTW to embrace the use of speed limiter device, saying that it would definitely reduce carnages on the nation’s roads.

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