The Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigeria Customs Service have commenced an intensive vehicle database integration of both government agencies.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the FRSC Spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, and Public Relations Officer, NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, on Thursday.
The collaboration was effected during the official visit of the Acting Comptroller, NCS, Bashir Adeniyi, to the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu, at the national headquarters of the Commission.
Adeniyi emphasised NSC’s renewed commitment to working together with the Corps in the area of human resource development, information, and communication technology, as well as sports.
He stated, among others, that “a handshake and effective consolidation of existing vehicle information in the National Vehicle Identification Scheme database domiciled with the FRSC and vehicle database of the NCS will curb vehicle smuggling, improve revenue generation and enhance national security.”
The Corps Marshal, while responding to the Comptroller General, applauded the initiative, stating that the handshake and data sharing would not only strengthen the bond between the two agencies but also positively impact the fight against the smuggling of vehicles.
Speaking further, Biu stated emphatically that the “collaboration will also entrench ease of doing business as it will make tracking of vehicles without customs duty certificate very easy for the Corps at the point of registration.”
He beckoned on Adeniyi, to make enforcement of restriction of importation of vehicles whose ages are at the point of importation, above the specified legal age limit one of his key priorities.
While decrying the dangers of using fairly used tyres, Biu also seeks enhanced enforcement of the ban on the importation of deadly tyres into the country.