The Nigerian Senate has kicked against the proposed sale of speed limit devices to vehicle owners by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC.
Senate’s condemnation of the move by the Corps was sequel to a motion of urgent national importance raised by Senator Dino Melaye, who is also the Chairman, Senate committee on the Federal Capital Territory.
Senator Melaye, whose motion came under Order 43 of the Senate standing rule, drew the attention of the lawmakers to the policy being allegedly implemented by the Corps, which makes it mandatory for vehicle owners in Nigeria to purchase a speed limit device.
The Senate, which described the FRSC plan as “unnecessary exploitation” of Nigerians in the face of biting economic hardship, mandated its Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs to summon the FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi to appear before it to explain the rationale behind the alleged plan devices sales to motorists.
Coping with hard time
According to Senator Melaye, the introduction of the speed device policy will further make life difficult for Nigerians who are already having a hard time coping with the impact of the present economic recession.
“In other countries, it was standard practice for government to bear the cost of installation of speed limit devices and not its citizens.”
“The FRSC is planning to introduce speed limit device and this device is to be sold to individuals and if you have two cars, you will buy two speed limit devices. Mr. President, my distinguished colleagues, this is not the time to bring economic hardship upon the already traumatised people of this country.
“In every civilised part of the world, it is the responsibility of Road Safety or agencies alike to mount speed limit device on roads; then when you beat this speed, they either flash you down or go after you, but not to ask individuals to purchase the speed limit device from Road Safety Corps, and this is not even the time to do it.” Melaye stated.
According to him, “So, in accordance with our calling to protect the masses of this country, I want to call on Mr. President so that the relevant committee oversights over Road Safety Corps can intervene and stop this draconian move.”
In his remark, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, directed the Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Government Affairs led by Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura to look into the matter at the committee level and report back to the Senate in plenary.
Source: Voice of Nigeria