Abuja -The Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC) is collaborating with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on data collected from the public in compliance with the Presidential directive that all data must be centralised.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this in Abuja while receiving Mr Chris Onyemenam, Director-General, NIMC, in his office.
Oyeyemi said this was in line with the Presidential Directive on Harmonisation of Bio-metric Data by All Data Collecting Agencies.
“The government directive among other reasons, aims at enhancing public safety and national security as the country is on track with this directive in order to operate like developed nations.
“Data collected by FRSC from applicants of drivers’ license, number plates and vehicle registrations will be made available to NIMC for harmonisation and easy access for other uses.
“The National Identity card is not to replace drivers’ license but to ensure that the information of the holder is right and eligible to carry out a particular task.
“At FRSC, we have already been working with other agencies that require individual data such as banks and security agencies on how to authenticate the genuineness of the license holder.
“Data sharing has helps in recovery of stolen vehicles because FRSC gets data of vehicle owners at the point of vehicle registration, with chassis number and the same must tally at the point of renewal,” he said.
The FRSC boss urged motorists to always give accurate data to data collecting agencies to avoid problem when data are being harmonised.
Earlier, Onyemenam commended FRSC for its adherence to standard of data capturing of motoring public, saying it would make harmonisation easier for the commission.
“The FRSC has good understanding of the Presidential directive on data harmonisation and it has standard means of storage.
“Data harmonisation will help achieve success of re-inventing the wheel of the nation, while it will eliminate duplication of task in data capturing by various agencies.
“It will also ensure verification of given information by individuals and help government in planning for its citizens from time to time, ” he said.
The DG added that there was no age limit in the acquisition of National Identity Card by Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that NIMC was recently directed by the presidency to gather all data collected by other agencies and institutions for easy access to authorised agencies.
Other data collecting agencies include; the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).(NAN)