Monday, 13 October 2014

Update On My Drivers License Story


Last week, I wrote a story about my ‘quest’ for a drivers license. If you missed it, you can read it here. Below is a quick update on the story.

Thanks to Prince Segebee, the attention of FRSC Commander Kayode Olagunju was drawn to that blog post. He reached out to me to find out where I had applied for my license after which he sent me the number of his colleague - ACM Hyginus Foumsuk to follow up on the matter.

I spoke with the ACM at length. In summary, his assertions were as follows:


  • That they had indeed experiences some challenges that slowed down the process for obtaining drivers licenses in Nigeria
  • That drivers licenses ordinarily should not take that long to process. But even when they are ready, some people do not come for collection. At first the notice that a license was ready is ready is usually sent to the applicant’s next of kin but they now message applicants directly.
  • He tried to explain why the FRSC may not be able to issue licenses like the Nigerian Immigration service but I honestly didn’t get it. While it all boiled down to some laws guiding the operations of the body, all I could think was – If the Immigration service can do it, the FRSC has to find a way to do it.
  • Because they understand just how grueling the process is, they plan to introduce scheduling – a process where applicants can apply for their licenses and then a specific date and time is booked for them to come and capture, like visa appointments.
  • They have bought a bigger machine with capacity to print over 800 copies/min (Or hour?)
  • It took him about a month, even as an FRSC employee, to get his license and he believes it should take me about the same time to get mine. 
My take on the whole issue is this – Government Agencies need to get closer to the people. They need to leverage available platforms that facilitate a free flow of information between both groups. The guy that had captured since April probably had no clue the FRSC was dealing with some internal challenges that frustrated his need for a license. I want to believe that Nigerians want to do the right thing; the system should make this aspiration possible.

@Kayode Olagunju, I can only imagine how much revenue the government is losing from citizens with expired licenses who have become experts at dodging. Once the process becomes more efficient, I’m sure  people will be less petrified of getting a license.

Citizen Ufuoma Surface Dogun, the one who has all his papers complete, we are in awe of you, lol. Goodluck should hear about your patriotism. True talk.

And to all my Facebook friends who want to keep on dodging, be good citizens, don’t do it. Don’t do it (Said in Madea’s husband’s voice)  :P


Have a great week everyone!

©Naomi Lucas
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm the "artful dodger" when it comes to evading the FRSC on the road. Its been like that for quite a while now after I attempted to renew last December and ran out of patience with the annoying bottlenecks at their office in Ibadan where I reside. I learnt it is possible to procure a Drivers' License with 10k in two to three weeks with the help of some officers rather than going through the stress of waiting in queues to get captured and then waiting months on end to get the DL. At first, I was leary about patronizing them as one cannot attest to the authenticity of such DLs. However, some of my neighbours did it and got theirs within that time-frame. I reckon that the licenses they got would not be fake as they dealt with REAL FRSC officials who fast tracked the process for them. I also feel that we ( you and I ) had that experience because we wanted to go through the official route to procure a DL. The ACM that contacted you cannot tell you this, Naomi but that's the truth. You met scores of people at the FRSC office. There are hundreds that you didn't meet who didn't have to queue up to get captured. Those ones were ready to pay to avoid the queues. The problems one encounters in the quest to get a DL were deliberately created by officials of the FRSC so they could make money from the process. That's my opinion. Its the "ember months" and I don't want to fall into the hands of that odd police checkpoint without a DL so I'm calling up my neighbour's contact at the FRSC to get my DL within three weeks. I think you should do that also.

Collins said...

I'm the "artful dodger" when it comes to evading the FRSC on the road. Its been like that for quite a while now after I attempted to renew last December and ran out of patience with the annoying bottlenecks at their office in Ibadan where I reside. I learnt it is possible to procure a Drivers' License with 10k in two to three weeks with the help of some officers rather than going through the stress of waiting in queues to get captured and then waiting months on end to get the DL. At first, I was leary about patronizing them as one cannot attest to the authenticity of such DLs. However, some of my neighbours did it and got theirs within that time-frame. I reckon that the licenses they got would not be fake as they dealt with REAL FRSC officials who fast tracked the process for them. I also feel that we ( you and I ) had that experience because we wanted to go through the official route to procure a DL. The ACM that contacted you cannot tell you this, Naomi but that's the truth. You met scores of people at the FRSC office. There are hundreds that you didn't meet who didn't have to queue up to get captured. Those ones were ready to pay to avoid the queues. The problems one encounters in the quest to get a DL were deliberately created by officials of the FRSC so they could make money from the process. That's my opinion. Its the "ember months" and I don't want to fall into the hands of that odd police checkpoint without a DL so I'm calling up my neighbour's contact at the FRSC to get my DL within three weeks. I think you should do that also.