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Recently the Nigeria Police announced plans to bring the issuance and renewal of tinted glass permits issued to vehicle owners up to speed in-line with current technology and international best practices.

This is a welcome development as if properly managed will help reduce crimes perpetuated with such vehicles and also help them have a more credible database.

A deadline of 18th March was given.

Inspector General Of Police IGP Solomon Arase. Courtesy of Premium Times.

To get this done, affected car owners first of all have to log into the police portal to feed in their details as well as that of the car(s) in question.

The second step is to take the printed form obtained from the portal to the police headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos (for Lagos residents) for biometric capturing.

I had been following up and had reminded my readers several times on this blog, through the Naija Car Lovers Forum on Facebook and some people called me personally for guidelines and i advised them on the steps. 

Some that went earlier had it smoothly done but some who went this week , precisely on Monday as early as 7.30am had it rough.

For starters they complained bitterly about the huge crowd there being attended to with only one computer. 

They were not attended to on time. As at 10am, no one had attended to them and they eventually had to part with some money for gratification before they were called in for the capturing.

This is not right as before making such announcement, adequate measures should have been put in place so that this laudable effort won’t be jeopardized and pooh-poohed.

Nigerians have not recovered from the not too good manner the National Driver’s License was handled by the FRSC. So one is now surprised that the Nigerian Police is still taking the same shoddy route.

Why should only one computer capture the millions of people requiring this service in Lagos State? Or is it different in other states?

Why do they have to tell people to come only on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays?

Why do they work only a few hours within these days and shut down anytime it pleases them without considering the hassles people went through just to wait and not being attended to?

Now that some of their officers are demanding and receiving ‘something’, the whole system of revalidation will soon be defeated thereby making this effort ‘one of those Nigerian affairs’.

I believe our IGP, Inspector General Solomon Arase, will not be happy with this as it will be a stain on the enviable records he has and is working very hard to maintain in the Nigerian Police.

Sir please look into this because we all want you to succeed with this project.

Please write in and tell us of your experience with doing yours.

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