The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has directed the operatives and staff of the organization to compulsorily possess driver’s license before the end of January or they would not be paid salary.
It was learnt that the directive has not gone down well with the staff of the FRSC, especially those who do not have vehicles.
"It’s like asking Immigration officials to go and procure travelling documents whether he has money to travel or not," a source said.
However, FRSC Deputy Corps Public Education Officer, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, while speaking with newsmen on the issue on telephone, explained that the directive concerned only FRSC operatives who drive but without license, saying that it had nothing to do with payment of salary.
Kazeem explained that encouraging operatives to undergo driving proficiency and obtain driver’s license had been an on-going internal policy of the FRSC, adding that there were laid down sanctions to be meted on those who failed to comply.
"It will be very wrong for an FRSC official to arrest someone for driving without a driver’s license when he himself does not have. It’s just making sure we put our house in order," he said.