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Automation Of Number Plates, Licence Issuance Knock-off Middlemen — Official

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Automation Of Number Plates, Licence Issuance Knock-off Middlemen — Official

Some residents of North East say the automation of process of obtaining Drivers’ Licence and Vehicle Number Plates has helped in sanitising the system and fast-tracking the process.
The motorists, who said this compared the current development with what obtained in the past, and were of the view that the difference was clear.
In the survey which covered Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Jigawa states, the respondents said not only was the process fast-tracked, activities of middlemen and those who faked the items, had also been checked.
They hailed in particular, the perfect synergy brought about through the introduction of the Joint Tax Board, which ensured that prices of the items were affordable and uniform in all states.
According to them, the collaboration between the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Offices (VIO) and State Revenue Boards, is worthy of commendation as it has helped in boosting the revenue generation capacity of most state governments.
Mr Rilwanu Sulaiman, spokesperson of the FRSC in Bauchi state, said issuance of Drivers’ Licence and Number Plates, was a tripartite arrangement between FRSC, state government Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) and VIO.
“The process of securing driver’s license and number plates in recent time has been a tripartite arrangement between the State Board of Internal Revenue, the state V.I.O (under Ministry of Works and Transportation) and the Federal Road Safety Corps.
“The FRSC is equipped with the capacity and equipment to capture applicant’s data and print the document.
State Board of Internal Revenue collects payments for learner’s permit and driver’s license, while the VIOs provide driving certificate for qualified drivers to enable the processing of the licence,” he said.
According to him, technology has made it even easier to download, fill and submit application forms on-line, with fees paid into designated bank accounts.
A commercial vehicle driver in Bauchi, Modi Sambo, said with the introduction of the online purchase of number plates, “the process is now fast and transparent.”
A private Vehicle owner in Bauchi, Alhaji Mohammmed Babale, said he paid for the number plate through a bank and waited for only ‘few days’ to collect the items.
“The process is simple is now simple, it is not rigorous like before,” he said
In Borno, the State Internal Revenue Service said it had a fixed fee for motor vehicle registration and license, which was agreed and approved by the Joint Task Board (JTB) before implementation.

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Alhaji Baba Gama’a, Director Road Taxes, said the cost of Number Plate is N12,500, Vehicle Registration N6,250, Vehicle Licence N2,500, Registration Booklet N1,250, and Proof of Ownership, N300.
“If the vehicle is above one million naira, you will pay #6,250 for registration, but if it is below one million naira, you will pay N3,125
“For the out of series, the cost of the number plate alone is between N50,300 and N46, 550, Fancy Number Plate, between N90,300 and N86,550, while ordinary Number Plate is N15,000.
“For commercial vehicles, which include trailers, tankers, tippers, lorries, buses, pick-up vans and taxis, the cost ranges from N19, 400 to N36,400,” he said.
Gama’a said that the process had been automated since 2018, with all registrations synchronised in a database.
Meanwhile, Mr Sanusi Ibrahim, Sector Commander, FRSC, Borno Command, said that the cost of Drivers’ Licence for three years is N6, 350, while that of five years costs N10,450.
Ibrahim said that most people complaining of high cost of drivers licence usually patronised third parties who extort them.
He said the procedures to follow to obtain the licence included production of attestation letter from the company of purchase, receipts of purchase/invoice and delivery note from the company of purchase.
Others are letter of proof of ownership of the car and means of identification such as National Identity Card or International Passport.
In Jigawa, FRSC said the issuance of new Drivers’ Licence with three years’ validity remained N6,350, and N10,450 for the one with five years validity.
Mr Ibrahim Murtala, the Sector Head of Driver’s License Centre (DLC) in Jigawa,
said the system had been automated.
Murtala said the licences were issued by the Joint Tax Board (JTB), under a tripartite arrangement involving VIO, FRSC and Board of Internal Revenue (BIR).
According to him, the VIO is responsible for testing the driver, FRSC responsible for biometric registration and BIR responsible for payment confirmation and issuance of Learners’ Permit.
A private motorist, Ibrahim Abbas, described the process of obtaining the license as fair.
“The process here is fair, unlike what is obtainable in other places where you spend much time before you are registered for the license,” Abbas said.

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Gov. Emmanuel announces recruitment 1,000 teachers for public schools

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Gov. Emmanuel announces recruitment 1,000 teachers for public schools

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has announced the recruitment of 1,000 teachers for the public primary schools in the state.

Emmanuel made this known during the inauguration of the new members of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Uyo on Friday.

He said that this was part of his administration efforts aimed at giving a new lease of life to the educational sector of the state for the benefit of residents.
The governor however, solicited absolute loyalty from persons given responsibilities and frowned at acts inimical to the progress of the state and its people.

“We have decided to add to you immediately another 1,000 primary school teachers. Primary education is key to development of any society and its the priority of government,” Emmanuel said.

He urged the newly inaugurated SUBEB members to live up to expectations of giving primary education a facelift in line with the agenda of his administration.

“A lot of people have heard that since last year we’ve been screaming that we are declaring a state of emergency in education.

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“We are not likely going to finish that in two years, it is something that will span through a minimum of 10 years but we must start the foundation this year.

“We have invested a whole lot in infrastructure and basic education is key, that is why if you check, the people we go after to head the primary board are people that can best represent us anywhere,” he said
The governor commended the former Chairman of SUBEB, Prof. Maria Ikrok, and her team for a job well done.

He charged the new board to swing into action immediately.

Responding, the Chairman of SUBEB, Obong Paul Ekpo, expressed gratitude to God and the governor for finding him fit for the appointment.

He pledged to work hard and passionately to improve the primary education system.

“Let me thank God for the opportunity and also thank the Governor for finding me fit for this appointment.

“As the governor did mentioned, a state of emergency has been declared in the state education sector.
“We on behalf of our board pledge to be committed to making that critical contributions that will improve our educational system,” Ekpo said.

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Regulate, don’t prohibit cryptocurrencies, Osinbajo tells CBN

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told the Central Bank of Nigeria that cryptocurrencies should be regulated and not prohibited.

The CBN had, a few weeks ago, ordered all deposit money banks, non-banking institutions, and other financial institutions against enabling cryptocurrency tradings.

The apex bank ordered the institutions to close the accounts of customers with cryptocurrency transactions immediately, adding that a breach of the directive will attract severe regulatory sanctions.
According to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who shed more light on the decision, it was taken in the best interest of Nigerians.

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He said this while briefing a joint Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions; ICT and Cybercrime; and Capital Market.

However, Osinbajo, who spoke on Friday at the Bankers Committee Vanguard in Lagos, said that fear should not be applied in terms of cryptocurrencies.
The Vice President advised the monetary authorities to provide a “robust regulatory regime” that will address the concerns about cryptocurrencies.

“The point I’m making is that some of the exciting developments we see call for prudent and care in adopting them, and this has been very well articulated by our regulatory authorities,” he said.
“But we must act with knowledge and not with fear. We must ensure that we are in a position to benefit and prevent any of the adverse side effects or any of the possible criminal acts that may arise as the consequence of our adopting or taking any of these options.
Expressing optimism about cryptocurrencies, Osinbajo said in the coming years it “will challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways that we cannot yet imagine.”

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OBA OF IWO CALLS FOR PEACE

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As the federal government intensify efforts to end kidnapping, banditry and communal clashes, the need for traditional rulers be assigned constitutional roles has again been reiterated.

Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Oluwo of Iwo who made the call after a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said traditional rulers should be appropriately recognised for them to be able to address issues before they lead to ethnic or communal crisis.
Also commenting on the farmers herders clashes, the Iwo monarch says the pastoralists should be trained and encouraged to adopt modern method of ranching.

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State House Correspondent Jide Onifade reports that the traditional ruler also recommended improvement of welfare for the police and monitoring of the nation’s  borders to put an end to arms and small weapon proliferation in the country.

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