The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has revealed that 70 per cent of drivers attached to most state governors have expired licences and are not well-trained.
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, made the damning disclosure yesterday when he visited Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State in Government House, Minna.
The visit was in continuation of the FRSC’s nationwide public enlightenment campaign on use of standard vehicle tyres.
Some of the common infractions include flouting traffic regulations, speeding at breakneck speed and posing a danger to other road users- emphasizing the fact that most public office holders’ drivers are not specially trained in the art of executive driving.
In recognition of this fact, Mr. Oyeyemi, who was represented by Assistant Corps Marshal/ Head Policy, Research and Statistics Kayode Olagunju, said the Federal Government is working on sensitisation programmes for drivers in the convoy of chief executives to educate them.
The corps marshal also noted that lack of knowledge on the expiration date of tyres by drivers has led to the loss of lives and other challenges in traffic management.
He added that this led the FRSC to begin a nationwide sensitisation on use of standard tyres.
Earlier, the governor, who was also represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammed Ketso, urged the FRSC to create a synergy with other safety officers to ensure that the sensitisation programme get to the grassroots.