The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have commenced an intensive vehicle database integration of the two government agencies.
A joint statement by both agencies stated that the collaboration is expected to enhance national security and curb revenue loss.
The collaboration was affected during the official visit of Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, the acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, to Dauda Ali Biu, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, at the national headquarters of the Commission recently.
Speaking during the visit, Adeniyi emphasised NSC’s renewed commitment towards working together with the Corps in the area of human resource development, information and communication technology, as well as sports.
He stated that an effective consolidation of existing vehicle information in the National Vehicle Identification Scheme database domiciled with the FRSC and vehicle database of the NCS will curb vehicle smuggling, improve revenue generation and enhance national security.
Responding, Dauda Biu, the Corps Marshal applauded the initiative, stating that the handshake and data sharing would not only strengthen the bond between the two agencies but also positively impact the fight against the smuggling of vehicles.
Dauda Biu stated emphatically that the collaboration will also entrench ease of doing business as it will make tracking of vehicles without customs duty certificate very easy for the Corps at the point of registration.
He beckoned on the Customs CG to make enforcement of restriction of importation of vehicles whose ages are at the point of importation, above the specified legal age limit one of his key priorities.
While decrying the dangers of using fairly used tyres, Biu also seeks enhanced enforcement of the ban on the importation of deadly tyres into the country.