Members of the House of Representatives yesterday, intensified their opposition to plans by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to introduce and enforce “outdated” speed limiter to motorists in Nigeria, reports Punch.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, member of the House of Representatives, Comrade Philip Shuaibu, a former National President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), alleged that the technology the FRSC plans to introduce had failed in other African countries and only six months ago in Kenya after it was installed. He added that there was a conspiracy between the FRSC management, a top government official and manufacturers of the failed technology to dump it in Nigeria just to enrich some people.
It can be recalled that the House, presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara had in February, summoned Chief Executive Officer of the FRSC, Mr. Bobopye Oyeyemi to explain why it was introducing an outdated technology to Nigerians.
The house requested the FRSC adopt and apply the Spider technology that conformed to existing global best practice as against the introduction of the outdated speed limiter technology.
However, it was gathered that the FRSC was infact going against the House resolution by concluding plan to bring in this unwanted technology.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Shuaibu, a representative of Etsako Federal Constituency of Edo State under the APC platform, said if the FRSC and the collaborator in government succeeded in bringing the technology, it would at the end discredit the government.
The lawmaker said: “The speed limiters are outdated and we must oppose a situation whereby Nigeria is turned into a dumping ground for technologies that had failed elsewhere.
“The Spider Technology is preferable. Besides, how do you expect Nigerian motorists to pay N36,000 to have an outdated device installed on their vehicles?
“We are even told that it can only work with injector vehicles and excludes vehicles fitted with carburettors. So, how far can we go with this?
“Recall that the FRSC introduced number plates they claimed had identity chips to monitor road users. Today, the plates have no chips and cannot identify users.
“Now, they want to exploit us again with the outdated technology of speed limiters. This product is meant to enrich some Nigerians who have connections in the Federal Executive Council. Even in Kenya where the technology failed, some firms are being contracted to bring this technology into Nigeria,” he added.
Shuaibu described the move by the FRSC to capitalise on the death of a former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. James Ocholi, to “force” Nigerians to accept the speed limiters as “unfortunate”.
He argued that the report of the FRSC, indicating that excessive speeding caused the accident, which killed Ocholi, his wife and son, was not plausible a reason to market outdated devices to Nigerians.
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