The Gombe State Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Godwin Omiko, has appealed to drivers plying roads in the state to ensure they possess genuine driving licences.
He made the call in a chat with Northern City News in his office on Sunday.
He said “As a driver plying our roads, one of the most important certification is your licence; without it, you have no business being behind the steering.
“It is not just an issue of making it compulsory, the law stipulates that you play your role by paying your tax and the licence is one major way the government also generates revenue.
“So, if you don’t get your licence, it automatically means you are not paying your tax and those that do not pay taxes are regarded as economic saboteurs.
“It is, however, unfortunate how people are deliberately evading tax. As a command, we will enforce it so that the government can use the revenue from taxes to maintain our roads.”
The commandant also warned drivers in the habit of taking more than one passengers in the front seat designed for one person as well as those who convey passengers in the booths of their vehicles to desist from doing so.
Omiko said, “What I have always asked passengers is why they allow themselves to be victims of overload. Once there is a crash, you will be the first to be thrown out of the vehicle. Do you pay to be killed?
“It is so sad because sometimes they also pay the same fare only to sit in the booth unprotected. We will not stop clamping down on such misconduct on the highway until it is eliminated.”