The Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, may have stirred human rights controversy when it said Wednesday that commercial driver's licences would no longer be issued to applicants below the age of 25 years.
Disclosing this, the Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Nseobong Akpabio, said the step was intended to get rid of underage drivers and sanitise the profession. Commercial drivers licences are given to drivers of trucks and taxis.
"An underage commercial driver has no commitment and may see driving as one of those jobs that could be toyed with. Many road crashes, especially with articulated vehicles, were usually traced to motor-boy drivers, who were without experience," Akpabio told the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said that the approved minimum age of 25 years for obtaining commercial driver's licence would help in checking road crashes usually caused by underage drivers.
Do you think the FRSC is right in banning Under 25 Nigerians from obtaining commercial drivers’ licences, since a Nigerian is deemed to be an adult from 18?