Continued from Part 6
Fraudulent Practices in Government & Her Agencies: FRCS
arlier in the series, I have written about the frauds perpetrated by a particular cable network company. I have also written on PHCN & the proscribed NITEL.
I am focusing today on Federal Road Safety Corps (FRCS). FRCS is introducing the use of a new Car number plate & new Driver's License. I have no objection but the sensible thing is just to ask users to exchange the old with the new as of when due i.e when the one in use expires. But the FRCS is asking everyone irrespective of when due for renewal to compulsorily go for a new one by October 1 2013. The most ridiculous is the outrageous fee attached.
I have listened on many occasions to the reasons given by the FRCS for the change, the reasons are not convincing. It is clear that it just want to generate money; fair or foul, to rape citizens of their hard earned money. There is no other name for it other than 'fraud'
I had thought that those I had discussed with regarding this issue and I are the ones so daft who cannot understand what FRCS is saying until the Tribune on Friday Aug 30 wrote an editorial captioned "Prevention to Revenue Generation" Nigerian Tribune found the FRCS argument utterly senseless and out of their schedule, operation or the objective for which it was set up.
The most annoying thing is that one does not derive any benefit for all these levies; the roads remain killers because the levies go into private pockets. Bills are high in the civilized world but one enjoys the benefit. Nigeria is the only country I have seen thus far who pay levies without benefits in return
Where are those supposed to represent our interest? If they do not support such levies, how can they maintain their N300m a month salary?
Learning from Experience
PJK is a store in my vicinity. PJK is not the real name. It opened not too long ago; under a year. About August (last month), it was closed. A week passed, two weeks, 3weeks, 4 weeks and five weeks. I had known that the owner is a returnee from the UK.
When the store was closed for a whole five weeks, I had suspected what must have been the reason. Actually before it shut down, I had suspected that the owner is well informed about the character of Nigerians. He himself has always been the cashier. No one else ever stayed at the cash desk.
I waited till the store opened so that I could have a word with him. My suspicion was confirmed. This is his second attempt at home. He was ruined at his first coming. He went back to UK to re-coup and this time he takes no chances. He himself is his own cashier and when he went to his family in the UK in August, he put the store under lock. He would not entrust it into no one's hands.
Continued from Part 6