President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has asked the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to stop the process of drivers’ licenses without the use of National Identification Numbers (NIN).
This came on the heels of the federal government’s directives on the harmonisation of citizens’ data by relevant agencies.
The personal assistant to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this on Wednesday evening, December 16, via his official Twitter handle.
Ahmad’s tweet read: “In compliance with the FG’s directives on the harmonisation of citizens’ data by relevant agencies, the Federal Road Safety Corps had in compliance with the directives earlier put members of the public on notice.”
In compliance with the FG’s directive on the harmonisation of citizens’ data by relevant agencies, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from 21/12/2020 will begin the enforcement of the NIN in the processing of driver’s license, FRSC said in a statement.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 16, 2020
Confirming the federal government’s new policy on the issuance of drivers’ licenses, the FRSC through the assistant corps marshal, Bisi Kazeem, signed and issued a statement titled “FRSC commences enforcement of National Identification Number in driver’s license processing,”
The statement released by the corps via its official Twitter handle read: “In compliance with the FG’s directive on the harmonisation of citizens’ data by relevant agencies, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from 21/12/2020 will begin the enforcement of the NIN in the processing of driver’s license.
“As a follow up to that, FRSC Management has resolved that effective 21 December, 2020, all applicants for the National Driver’s Licence in Nigeria must present the National Identification Number from the National Identity Management Commission before they can be captured for any class of the licences produced by the FRSC.”
Kazeem noted that all driver’s license applicants are expected to present their NINs from the date, before they would be attended to, adding that there would be no waiver for anyone. He wrote about the need for a harmonised database on citizens’ information, saying,
According to him, “It is critical to resolving the challenges of identifying individuals to assist security agencies in data collation and quick retrievals to address some of the national security challenges.
“Those going for their driver’s licence processing are to take note of the directives and carefully follow the procedures for obtaining their NIN.
“All numbers presented by the applicants must correspond with what NIMC issued to individuals for a harmonised database.”
FRSC COMMENCES ENFORCEMENT OF NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IN DRIVER'S LICENCE PROCESSING
— FRSC, NIGERIA (@FRSCNigeria) December 16, 2020