Oct 3rd, 2011 The government of the United States and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) of Nigeria have signed an agreement for a 300,000 dollars grant to train 77 officials on Nigeria’s new driver’s licence.
The U.S. Trade and Development grant was signed in Abuja at the weekend by Terence McCulley, the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, and Osita Chidoka, the FRSC Corps Marshall.
According to Terence, the grant would be used in training the officials at a U.S. company, L-1 Identity Solution’s training facility in Massachusettes, U.S.
“The training programme will focus on the features of the new Nigerian driver’s licence, demonstration of the central biometrics system and the card production process,” he said.
“The training will also include a visit to a department of Motor Vehicles site in Massachusetts where delegates will be able to see production and distribution of L-1’s driver’s licences in a working facility.”
Terence said the successful implementation of the new driver’s licence would enable the FRSC to improve on its management of the licence system and reduce fraudulent registration.
He said the grant would also support exports from L-1 Identity Solutions, adding that the technical assistance would be of mutual economic benefit to the U.S. and Nigeria.
“This will serve to facilitate trade and strengthen economic ties between our two countries,” he said.
Also speaking, Chidoka said two officials from the vehicle inspection offices in each state, including the FCT, as well as three officers from the FRSC headquarters would be selected for the training.
He said details of the one-week training programme were being worked out and added that the new licence was meant to check the rising wave of terrorism in the country and improve on the exchange of security information among intelligence operatives.
Chidoka further said that it would help to curb forgery of driver’s licence and other crimes by tying number plates to vehicle owners.