Senate Blames States Govt for Exorbitant Number Plate
The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter Governmental Affairs panel had on Tuesday 28 March, 2012, expressed disappointment over the excessive hike in the price of drivers’ license and new vehicle plate number imposed on Nigerians by the state governments.
It was revealed that the new number plate and drivers’ licence’s production cost stands at N7,593 and N3,000 respectively but was intended to be sold to Nigerians at the rate of N15,000 and N6,000 to by state governments as approved by the Joint Tax Board.
The Senate Committee set up to investigate the price had at a public hearing described the price as too expensive. It said such price hike was capable of frustrating the ordinary Nigeria.
Upon investigation by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Dahiru Kuta, on why FRSC should sell number plates at very high price, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka, had reacted that the commission spends about N3, 000 and N7, 593 to produce a driver’s licence and number plate respectively.
He said that after the commission had sold the plate number to the state at N 7,000, the state in turns decided to give out the numbers at the rate N15,000.
He further affirmed that the cost of replacing old plate number has been reduced from N10’000 to N5, 000 after it had sit with the Commission and the Joint Tax Board.
FROM: Daily Post