The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has warned that only applicants from the age of 18 to 70 qualify for the assurance of driver’s license, after such applicants must have completed driving school training and certified feat.
The Sector Commander,FRSC, Rivers State Sector Command, Andrew A Kumapayi made the disclosure yesterday, in Port Harcourt at public enlightenment programme, organized in collaboration with ‘Cleen Foundation’, on the procedure for obtaining a drivers’ license in Nigeria.
He explained that not all persons who desired to obtain a drivers’ license or wished to drive a vehicle were qualified to drive, pointing out that only persons of sound mind, and who had been so certified, through a medical test and had also attained the age of eighteen (18) were qualified.
He warned that Nigeria drivers’ license cannot be obtained by proxy, identifying five places, the license could be processed within the state and added that applicants could only pay the sum of N6,350, to the bank of the applicant’s choice.
‘It is important to emphasis here that, whereas the minimum of eighteen years qualification is only for persons wishing to be licensed to drive in a private capacity, individuals wishing to be licensed to drive as professionals must have attained the age of twenty six (26) and satisfy other requirements, to qualify to be licensed, under that category (professional), whilst those desirous of being licensed as convoy driver’s, must receive additional specialized training aside the basic training requirements to be satisfied by the private car or professional drivers applicant”.
Representative of Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Isah Likita Mohammed, emphasized that, in addition to age qualification, only sane applicants qualify for issuance of drivers’ license, and regretted sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks and other intoxicants at motor parks, and warned drivers to refrain from that.
Mohammed disclosed that although the NDLEA had no authority to arrest anybody consuming alcohol, he affirmed that the FRSC has the legal right to arrest anyone driving under the influence of alcoholic drinks, appealing to drivers, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW, to partner with relevant authorities in their efforts to discourage drunk driving.
In their separate speeches, the representatives of Ministry of Transport and Vehicle Inspection Office, urged drivers to ensure that their vehicle parts such as indicators, wipers, and lights were in good condition always, to avoid accidents.
The collaborative firm Cleen Foundation represented by its programme manager, Ifeanyi Anyanwu stated that the enlightenment programme was going on in the six states of Lagos, Oyo, Abuja, Delta, Nsarawa and Rivers states of the Federation .
In a related development, the command also promoted eight of its officers from the rank of Deputy Route Commander to Route Commander.They comprised Ferdinand Agbor, Okpoikumo Etesike, Mitema Amaseimogha and Ajuka Mark Onyekwere.
Others were Martins Abiahu, Theresa O. Ikpe, Arinze Harrison Okafor, and Humphrey Okeke. On behalf of his colleagues, Route Commander promised they would work harder to justify their promotions.

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