By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin â€” The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has entered into partnership with EFCC to ensure that all forged driving licences are detected through the use of modern technology.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Commission, Mr. Osita Chidoka, disclosed this yesterday while addressing newsmen in Ilorin,Â during his one-day official working visit to the Kwara State Command.
The FRSC boss noted that to tackle the age-long problem of production of fake and parallel driver licences, they embarked on reform in the licensing scheme, resulting in the restoration of the integrity of driverâ€™s licence.
Chidoka added that the reform had made it impossible for the driverâ€™s licence to be produced in proxy neither could it now be produced in parallel production centres as it used to be without its forgery being detected as they have commissioned a data centre that now captures the biometrics of all the holders in their database.
He said they had realised that as a modern institution, they could not afford to be left behind in technology, as the Commission pioneered the use of call centre which was commissioned by the former Minister of Communication and National Orientation, Mr John Odey, last December.
According to him, through this platform, all field operations could be most conveniently monitored, while distress calls are now being quickly and promptly responded to, quick intervention and rescue for the safety of human lives.
Mr. Chidoka also said last year, the Commission was able to purchase 180 patrol vehicles, 22 ambulances and three heavy duty tow trucks as they had enunciated the policy of decentralisation of power to the Zonal Commands whereby quarterly allocations were sent to the zones to take care of their immediate logistic needs and within seven months another 200 patrol vehicles were refurbished into their operational fleet.
On the training of officers and men of the Commission, he said as a way of building a Corps whose personnel posses the requisite intellectual and regimental training, the Commission created training opportunities at the Commissionâ€™s academy in Jos and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hill, respectively.