By Theodore Opara
THE Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said that the agency would no longer tolerate erring driving school operators.
The FRSC boss who frowned against driving schools’ certificate racketeering said that the agency will not spare anyone caught in the act as he called on members of the Driving School profession to appreciate the responsibility they owe to the society through credible discharge of the tasks and upholding the ethics and standards of the profession.
Addressing members of the joint body of Association of Driving School Operators of Nigeria (ACDSON) and the Association of Driving School Instructors of Nigeria (ADSIN) during a national workshop on driving school with the theme; Promoting Road Safety through Quality Driver Education in Nigeria, held in Owerri, Imo State; the corps marshal urged participants to use the opportunity to critically examine how they can find new ways of improving on the quality of driving education and road safety in Nigeria.
The workshop which was declared open by the Executive Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. George Ezenne Etche had in attendance, the representative of the governors of Anambra, Bayelsa, Enugu and Rivers states. Also present were service commanders from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Police, Nigeria Prison, Nigeria Customs, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, other special guests and the participants.
According to Dr. Oyeyemi, it is expected that standards in the operations of driving schools would improve greatly with the deliberations from the workshop. He stressed that the corps needs the assistance and cooperation of all to succeed in the campaign by putting a firm check on this scourge threatening the security of lives and properties.
He said: “At moments like this, while imbibing new ideas, it is necessary to appraise the ongoing with the aim of seeing and correcting grey areas. He recalled that some driving school suspended from the portal for some time now due to sharp practices like illegally graduating trainees in less than the legally prescribed 26 mandatory hours, upload of vehicles in excess of the approved number to illegally increase intake, colluding with the inspection committee to re-register cars already registered in other states, illegal buy over or acquisition of registered driving school without formal transfer procedure approved by the Corps and many more”.