By Shola Abayomi.
The Federal Road Safety Corps has told the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and 219 lawmakers who did not return to the Senate and House of Representatives to return their official vehicle number plates.
According to the FRSC Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Bisi Kareem, the federal agency had written to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, seeking to retrieve the vehicle identification plates from lawmakers who failed to return to the 9th National Assembly.
He said, “We have written to the clerk of the National Assembly to direct former lawmakers to return official number plates issued to them. We expect the clerk to reach out to them; we cannot get across to them ourselves, that was why we wrote to the National Assembly about it.”
Mr Kareem, however, declined commenting on the deadline for the return of the plates or likelihood of sanctions for defaulters.
Reacting to the FRSC’s demand, an immediate past senator from Oyo State, Adesoji Akanbi, agreed with the agency.
He said, “The number plates have expiry date, hence there is no basis for holding on to it after June 2019 because those who issued it said it’s between 2015 and 2019.
“Although some may just remove it and throw it away but for record purposes, it is better to return it to the National Assembly management which distributed them to us.”