The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called on its officers to provide accurate and reliable database of vehicles and ownership details to check crime, criminality on the roads and enhance national security.
The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the call on Monday at the 2020 National Vehicle Identification Scheme (NVIS) workshop organised for desk officers in Abuja.
Saying that the road had provided a veritable transit path for crime and criminality, Oyeyemi stressed that the workshop was, therefore, critical because of the myriad security challenges facing the country at large.
He said that the NVIS desk officers were responsible for uploading information on registered vehicles and ownership details into the database, saying that the workshop was strategically aimed at stocktaking and examining emerging issues.
“Our NVIS process must continue to offer its relevance to the national security architecture through accurate and reliable database.
“The NVIS desk officers must continue to promote integrity, transparency, good and professional service in their interactions with the clients and stakeholders.
“The NVIS data base must sustain the trust of Nigerians as a dependable superstructure in the recovery of stolen vehicles.
“Desk officers must ensure there is prompt reporting of all recovered stolen vehicles. So far, 34 vehicles have been recovered this year through our process,” he said.
Oyeyemi reiterated the commitment of the FRSC management towards the continuous maintenance and upgrade of FRSC platforms so as to constantly meet the demands of the contemporary society.
He stressed that the management had expanded the scope of coverage nationwide to strengthen the determination of the Corps to make data on road accidents in Nigeria more reliable and intentionally acceptable.
“Station offices have been established, signalling the presence of FRSC personnel in all motorising Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Federation.
“Station officers and Marshals have already been posted to the respective LGAs and they have just completed their training for the task.
“The concept of station offices is to reduce FRSC dependence on secondary sources of data, while harnessing prompt, accurate and first-hand data collection and processing,” he said.
The FRSC boss urged NVIS desk officers to constantly reflect on the importance of data to planning, research and policy formulation, particularly as it related to issues of crimes and criminalities.