The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has declared war against driving school operators involved in certificate racketeering and will not spare anyone caught in the act.
He called on the Driving School opeartors to appreciate the responsibility they owe to the society through credible discharge of the tasks and upholding the ethics and standards of the profession.
Oyeyemi gave the warning at a national workshop organised by the Association of Driving School Operators of Nigeria (ACDSON) and the Association of Driving School Instructors of Nigeria (ADSIN).
The workshop holding in Owerri Imo state, has as its theme; Promoting Road Safety through Quality Driver Education in Nigeria.
Oyeyemi urged participants to use the opportunity to critically examine how they can find new way of improving on the quality of driver education and road safety in Nigeria.
The workshop was declared open by George Ezenne, Secretary to the Imo State government, on behalf of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Governors of Anambra, Bayelsa, Enugu and Rivers states were all represented. The workshop was also attended by Service Commanders from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Police, NPS, NCS, NSCDC , other special guests and the participants.
Oyeyemi hoped that standards in the operations of driving schools would improve greatly after deliberations at the workshop.
He appealed for the cooperation of driving school operators to back the campaign against the scourge threatening the security of lives and properties.
He recalled that some driving schools were suspended from the portal for some time now due to sharp practices such as graduating trainees in less than the legally prescribed 26 mandatory hours, uploading of vehicles in excess of the approved number to illegally increase intake, colluding
with the inspection committee to re-register cars already registered in other states, illegal buy over or acquisition of registered driving school without formal transfer procedure approved by the Corps and many more” .
Governor Okorocha applauded the initiative and commended the efforts of the Oyeyemi led FRSC for ensuring sanity on the road through the introduction of the Driving School Standardisation Scheme, a gesture that will restore the lost glory of our roads.