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FRSC Says Only 611 Driving Schools Meet Minimum Requirements For Operation

Posted: Aug 2, 2016 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Philip Oladunjoye


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that only 611 driving schools out of the 1,087 captured on its portal meet the minimum requirements for operation in the country.

The FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this, also stated that 1,623 driving school instructors have been registered on the Corps’ portal with 129,198 trainee drivers, while 59, 218 of them have graduated.

Oyeyemi made the disclosure during an interactive session with representatives of the driving school associations at the FRSC National Headquarters in Abuja.

Expressing concern at the activities of some of the driving school operators who distort the information on the portal, thereby undermining the integrity of the licensing system, the Corps Marshal warned that henceforth, such operators would have their licences withdrawn and the portal closed against them.

While explaining the congruence between safety, security and economic development, he said ensuring safety on Nigerian roads revolves around a number of key issues, including driver education, training and licensing.

Oyeyemi said: “It is therefore, the government’s responsibility through the Federal Road Safety Corps to enhance the conditions for establishment, registration and operation of driving schools in Nigeria.”

Oyeyemi maintained that driver education is central to safety and integrity of the National Driver’s licence, while driving schools are essential to road safety, stressing that FRSC Establishment Act empowers the Corps to establish, investigate and certify the driving schools.

He added that in the commitment towards tackling the challenges of the driving schools, the policy of driving school standardisation programme was put in place as a long-term intervention strategy to ensure and sustain minimum standards of driving school operations in Nigeria.

Oyeyemi therefore urged operators of the driving schools in the country to close ranks in the collective efforts to maintain the standards of driving schools.