Transport ministry partner FRSC against fake license, number plates

Rex Anunobi

Imo State Ministry of Transport and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Imo State Command, have resolved to partner in the fight against use of fake number plates and driver’s licence by some motorists in the state.
This resolution was reached on Wednesday when Corps Commander Rolland Oni-Joseph Onamusi, the Sector Commander incharge of Imo Command, paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex C. Anunobi, in his office at the Port Harcourt Road Secretariat, Owerri.
The Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex Anunobi expressed that such synergy and collaboration are strategically neccessary in the fight against use of fake plate numbers and expired driver’s license as shown in a recent study.
Anunobi also called for a review of plate number administration to enable the Ministry of Transport take accurate data and possibly customize them for authenticity to checkmate use of fake plate numbers which according to him is robbing off the State a huge revenue.
The Commissioner who seized the opportunity to highlight on the 18-point Action Plan of the Ministry of Transport which expressly aligns with the vision of Senator Hope Uzodinma Government, reiterated that the construction of modern bus shelters and new motor parks will address the issue of illegal parking while the Imo State Traffic Management Authority(ISTMA) that is being reestablished will cure the perennial traffic congestion especially in Owerri capital city.
Anunobi also disclosed that arrangements have been concluded to inaugurate Imo State Chapter of Driving School Standadization Programme (DSSP) which he said will provide a common front for the Ministry of Transport, FRSC and Imo Internal Revenue Service to administer issuance of driver’s licence and ensure standardization of driving schools in the State.
Earlier in his presentation, the Sector Commander, Corps Commander Onamusi, said he came to familiarize with the Ministry of Transport and solicit for the cooperation of the Commissioner.
He disclosed that a study conducted immediately his redeployment to Imo State shows that about 90% of commercial vehicle drivers in the state don’t use seat beat while 60% vehicles in use fake plate number.
The Sector Commander further disclosed that 60% motorists don’t renew their driver’s license and vehicle papers which he admitted affects the internally generated revenue of the State.
He therefore propose a ‘Road Audit’ involving his Command and the Minitry of Transport as a way forward to ensure that perpetrators are apprehended and subjected to face the full wrath of the law.
Other top Ministry staff that joined the Commissioner to receive the Sector Commander and his entourage include the Director, Administration and Finance(DAF), Mrs Clara Ukwuoma, Head of Department (HoD), Transport, Mr. Ministry Kingsley Eririogu, Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer(V.I.O), Edorowa C. and SA Media/Special Projects to the Honourable Commissioner, Ebere Uzoukwa and others.

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