The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed a motion on the need to ensure speedy issuance of drivers licence by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, moved by the lawmaker representing Ibadan North East /South East federal constituency, Hon. Adedapo Lam-Adesina.
It has been forwarded to the committee on FRSC for further legislative work.
Only last week, his motion on the need to complete the abandoned Ayegun Prisons, in Ibadan, was passed.
Speaking at the plenary yesterday, the youthful lawmaker lamented why it takes the commission more than six months issuing permanent drivers licence applicants who have paid the required fees and done all the necessary documentation.
According to Lam-Adesina, who was a commissioner in Oyo State, “the new drivers licence scheme which was initiated in March 2015 was put in place to address plethora of challenges -safety, security enforcement, as well as absence of database on vehicle owners and enhanced capacity for enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.
“It must be noted that the process which includes data submission and biometric capturing is what is required before an expired licence is renewed while it involves other processes if one is to get a drivers licence for the very first time.
“The temporary drivers licence which is always issued before the permanent one is ready has a life span of two (2) months and this has become a source a worry to drivers especially commercial drivers who gets apprehended, harassed and unjustly prosecuted by security agents on the guise of driving with an expired drivers licence after two months of collecting the temporary one,” he added.
On what motivated him to sponsor the bill, Lam-Adesina said it was “in our bid to make sure that life is made easy for all citizens no matter the economic strata we tend to believe we belong and in line with our belief that services should be rendered to people who have paid for such in line with best practices all over the world,” calling on FRSC to be prompt in issuing drivers licence to citizens who have paid for it.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker also seconded a motion by Hon. Stephen Friday Olemija, which was on the need to reconstruct /rehabilitate the Ipele junction-Idoani-Isua-Akunnu-
This is just as he also seconded a motion by Hon. Julius Pondi on the need to resuscitate NNPC floating stations in coastal communities of the Niger-Delta
It would be recalled that the lawmaker, together with 12 of his colleagues, sponsored a motion on the need to appraise the report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom on increasing threat to freedom of religion in Nigeria.