By Olugbenga Salami
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. Nasir Sani- Gwarzo has said that the Central Motor Registry was designed to ensure the protection of Nigerians by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF from criminals and challenges of stolen vehicles.
Sani-Gwarzo, who spoke during a two-day stakeholders conference on Improving Internally Generated Revenue, IGR for the ministry with the theme: “Strategies at Enhancing Internally Generated Revenue” in Abuja, said that the Registry “is a lifetime guarantee” that would protect the citizens and their property whenever there are issues of armed robbery, kidnapping, and theft by criminals in the country.
He said: “If you are to purchase a car in Nigeria today, you are most likely to buy an imported used car which many do not know their origin and challenges attached to it. Nigeria as a member of the Interpol system, you can log in and register the identity of the vehicle, and the history and antecedent of the vehicle would be revealed.
“If anything happens in another country where it was registered, the Nigeria Police will protect you as you have done the needful. That is the essence of the certificate of registration.”
The permanent secretary further stated in a statement issued by the ministry’s Deputy Director of Press, Bolaji Kazeem that the automation of the Police specialized services such as character certificate, motor vehicle registration, and others had made the service delivery seamless as it stopped extortions, and people traveling from the 36 states to Abuja to get the services.
“We do not want a situation where you are coming from Maiduguri, Sokoto, Port Harcourt or Lagos to Abuja, Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force to apply for the Police Character Certificate and Motor Vehicle Registration.
“We want it to be a seamless process, do it online provide the information and pay a token at your home (desktop/laptops) and get quality service that would make life easier for everybody and also guarantee that police can continue to provide more services without making excuses of no funds from the government,” he added.
Sani-Gwarzo reiterated that this is not a profit-making venture but to improve the quality of services and operations of the Police Force, adding that it was not peculiar to Nigeria alone as it is practiced in America and Europe.
The Permanent Secretary said the conference was organized to acquaint the participants to improve their level of contributions to the internal general revenue and brainstorm on the challenges in it.
He noted that it would enable the participants to explore ways of imbibing the culture of professionalism and accountability in the revenue generation activities.
Earlier, the Director of Finance and Accounts in the ministry, Mrs. Bakre Juliana Modupe revealed that the budget every year always records deficit, and based on this development Mr. President has mandated everybody in the revenue generation in the ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs to be up and doing on improving the revenue of the entire federation to tackle developmental projects in the country.
She informed that the programme was essential to the existence of the nation as the Ministry of Police Affairs is occupying a critical position in the process of improving revenue, saying “we should all listen to experts and learn how to improve the revenue of the ministry which would dovetail to the nation.”