September 19, 2016

Re-Special Report: Profile of FRSC’s Speed Limiter vendors revealed – a rejoinder

Re-Special Report: Profile of FRSC’s Speed Limiter vendors revealed – a rejoinder

Our attention has been drawn to your publication of 17 September 2016 authored by your Northern Regional Editor, Soni Daniel titled “SPECIAL REPORT: PROFILE OF FRSC’s SPEED LIMITER VENDORS REVEALED”.boboye-speed limiter

Besides the critical minded, many who read the said publication would see that it was not only out of character, from the usual rigor and incisiveness associated with the flagship but also devoid of the objectivity.

Much as the latent intent of the publication was not different from your last week’s publication on the speed limiter and authored by the same person, we still feel the onus lies on us to make available some clarifications, as contained in the 17th September 2016 publication, for the benefit of your teeming Nigerian readers.

For the umpteenth time, we wish to reiterate that as follow up to prescription of minimum standard for the speed limiting device, the Corps organized series of stakeholders’ for prospective vendors in Abuja and Lagos, where it was resolved to set up a screening/technical committee comprising of the Standard Organization of Nigeria, National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Federal Road Safety Corps to screen and ratify the Vendors for the Speed Limiter.

Further to this, Expression of Interests adverts were flagged in major newspapers including the Tenders’ Journal, in line with the Procurement Act.

It is instructive to note that the said list of Vendors was an outcome of 2015 screening exercise and FRSC took further steps to place the same list on the public domain for public scrutiny.vendors

As usual, authorized service providers (Vendors) only remain such as long as they meet the criteria as stated from the on-set. There was also a caveat to delist any Vendor who is found wanting during the yearly recertification exercise of vendors. This measure is also effective due to a monitoring and evaluation system in place that receives feedback from the public.

It is pertinent to add that all the firms as screened by the members of the technical team, were checked and ratified based on the evidence presented as at the time of the screening. All the Vendors presented Corporate Affairs Commission certificates and it was on the basis that they were attended to in the first place.

On the allegation that some of the approved companies belonged to foreign firms, it might interest you to note that part of the criteria was not to discourage any foreign investors that showed interest to invest in the country in area of speed limiter as long as they meet Nigerian standard and are law abiding.vendors

This was informed by the fact that Nigeria is relatively new in this area and from all indications; it will take time to see many Nigerian investors in this specialized area of investment. We also encouraged firms with related business concerns to participate since we do not expect many Nigerian investors in the specialized area of speed limiter.

On the issue of the authenticity of the two firms’ registration at the Corporate Affairs Commission, as at time of screening, all listed Vendors met the criteria, which include CAC registration. The registration numbers for the two firms as claimed by the publication are as follows:

a) Elkaris Nig Ltd- No RC 423206

b) Best Practices Ltd- No RC 403213

c) SATTRAK Ltd- No RC 692359

Photocopies of Corporate Affairs registration of the above-listed companies are attached.

It is also very important to point out that in your publication, “Best ‘Practices’ Ltd” was misspelt “Best Practice Ltd”, while SATTRAK was referred to as SATTRACK. This could be the reason the companies’ registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission were not discovered as alleged.

As stated in a previous rejoinder, with a free market situation, it would be much easier for the fleet operators, especially those with large fleet to be directly involved in the importation and installation of the speed limit device on their vehicles. In fact, fleet operators with very large fleet of vehicles such as manufacturing companies and corporate bodies are upon application, granted waivers to conduct in-house installation and calibration of speed limiters of their fleet, provided they satisfy the minimum prescribed standards.

The Corps has no intention of limiting the scope of procuring the device or specifying who to purchase from. However, standards and specifications as prescribed by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) must be fulfilled and enforced at all times.vendors

As the nation’s lead agency on safety management and traffic administration, the FRSC remains committed to its resolve to reform the attitude of road users in the country through its numerous efforts to bequeath an enduring legacy on road safety management to Nigerians in line with global best practices.

We therefore request that you remain consistent in your strides to complement the Corps’ functions through meaningful suggestions, consultations and contributions to further conscientize Nigerians on appropriate road conducts. Road safety is collective responsibility.

Bisi Kazeem
Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC