Rampant use of fake vehicle number plates has prompted Hon. Albert T. Sam-Tsokwa (PDP: Donga/Ussa/Takum,Federal Constituency, Taraba State) to draw the attention of the House to a resolution earlier reached on the matter.
In his motion titled, “Need to Investigate the Production, Issuance and Circulation of Fake Vehicle Number plates in the country,” the lawmaker recalled the House Resolution of Tuesday, 15th November, 2011 to urge the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to suspend the introduction of the new vehicle license policy pending conclusion on the matter but regretted that the FRSC went ahead with the new policy in violation of the House resolution.
Hon. Tsokwa also disclosed that fake number plates were already in wide circulation in the country desperate motorists’ rush to catch up with the new policy, thus causing serious security challenges.
He disclosed that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in total disregard to the House resolution has started full implementation of the New Vehicle Number Plates by way of production, issuance and sale of same to the Nigerian public. The Legislator said it was disturbing that there has been indentified massive production, distribution and sale of “fake vehicle number plates” to unsuspecting members of the public at the cost of between N68,000.00 (sixty-eight thousand naira per plate.)
The motion was seconded by Hon. Christopher Sunday Eta(PDP: Boki/Ikom Federal Constituency, Cross River State) who expressed worry that both the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) claimed no knowledge of the source of the fake vehicle number plates, pointing out that, the production, sale and circulation of the fake vehicle plate numbers is the major security threat to the nation.
Other Members who lent their support to the motion included Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (ACN: Surulere1 Federal Constituency, Lagos State) and Hon. Patrick Ikhariale(PDP: Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben Federal Constituency, Edo State).
Hon Tsokwa therefore, prayed the House to set up an ad-hoc Committee to conduct an investigation by Public Hearing into the production, issuance and circulation of the fake Vehicle Plate Numbers in the country and report back to the House within four weeks.
Eight members of the ad-hoc Committee was appointed by the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (PDP: Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency, Sokoto State) under the Chairmanship of Hon. Samson Osagie (ACN: Orhionmwon Uhunmwode, Federal Constituency, Edo State).