Following the lockdown directive by President Muhammadu Buhari due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday, 29 March, 2020, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has ordered the shutdown of Driver’s Licence database in Abuja with immediate effect, in line with the President’s directives to lockdown.
Expectedly, the Drivers Licence cspture centres will not be able to process licences for applicants nationwide.
However, applicants can go via the By-pass mode to process for the licence to be delivered after the lockdown period.
A press release by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, revealed that the shutdown was aimed at sustaining existing efforts already in place by the Federal Government to curtail further spread of the contagion.
He added that the Corps Marshal had in the wake of the pandemic directed all DLCs to maintain maximum hygiene through provision of adequate water, soap and alcohol-based sanitizers at the Centres.
“You would recall that the Corps Marshal had earlier advised applicants to avoid physical capture at this critical moment when the world is battling a common enemy (COVID-19), and explore the BY-PASS option which is the online processing of the National Drivers Licence without physical presence of the applicant at the DLCs,” the statement said.
It said further, “However, the driver’s license will only be collected upon resumption after the lockdown.
“It is therefore to be noted that the By-Pass option is applicable only to applicants who intend to renew their licenses not fresh applicants.
“This is hereby reiterated as part of the Corps’ concerted efforts to curb the spread of the global health challenge.”
Accordingly, Kazeem added in the statement that the closure of the DLCs would not affect the Operational formations of the Corps as Operatives had been deployed to render required essential services in collaboration with other security and intelligence agencies at all levels to enforce both the Presidential and State Government’s directives on restriction of movement and sit at home, among others.
To this end, he said that the Corps Marshal had notified the Chairman and Secretary of the Joint Tax Board about the effect of the temporary shutdown of the DLCs nationwide.