Corps Marshal Orders Immediate Shutdown Of Driver’s License Capture Centres
…Following COVID-19 Pandemic
By Cyber Era Reporter
Sequel to the lockdown directive by Nigerian Leader, Muhammadu Buhari on the coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic on Sunday March,29, 2020, Corps Marshal, of road safety umpire, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered the immediate shutdown of Driver’s License database in Abuja, north central, part of the country, in conformity with the Presidential directives to lockdown. Expectedly, the Drivers License Centres (DLCs)will not be able to process licenses for applicants nationwide, but applicants can go via the By-pass mode to process for the license to be delivered after the lockdown period.
In a press statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, he revealed that the shutdown was aimed at sustaining existing endeavours already in place by the Federal Government to curtail further spread of the menace adding that the Corps Marshal had in the wake of the pandemic directed all DLCs to maintain maximum hygiene through provision of adequate water, soap and alcohol-based sanitizers at the Centres.
Said Kazeem: “You would recall that the Corps Marshal had earlier advised applicants to avoid physical capture at this critical moment when the world is battling a common enemy (COVID-19), and explore the BY-PASS option which is the online processing of the National Drivers License without physical presence of the applicant at the DLCs. However, the driver’s license will only be collected upon resumption after the lockdown.
It is therefore to be noted that the By-Pass option is applicable only to applicants who intend to renew their licenses not fresh applicants. This is hereby reiterated as part of the Corps’ concerted efforts to curb the spread of the global health challenge. “
Accordingly, Kazeem added that the closure of the DLCs would not affect the Operational formations of the Corps as Operatives had been deployed to render required essential services in collaboration with other security and intelligence agencies at all levels to enforce both the Presidential and State Government’s directives on restriction of movement and sit at home among others.
To this end, the Corps Marshal had notified the Chairman and Secretary of the Joint Tax Board about the effect of the temporary shutdown of the DLCs nationwide.