The Federal Road Safety Corps says a total of 280,751 drivers’ licences are unclaimed nationwide as at May 10 this year.
The Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.
Kazeem said that out of the number, the Federal Capital Territory has 30,831 licences yet to be claimed by their owners.
“Lagos State records the highest number of unclaimed licences with a total of 75,511, while Jigawa has the lowest with only 218 unclaimed licences in the state,” he said.
Kazeem said the commission had processed a total of 227,148 licences in the first quarter of this year.
He identified nonchalant attitude by motorists and a lack of patience to wait for the processing of such licences to be carried out by the FRSC as reasons for the large number of unclaimed licences.
The spokesman said in tackling the problem, the commission had been sending bulk SMS to applicants and that it was also publishing details of processed licences on its social media platforms.
“The corps marshal is going to the next joint tax board meeting to sensitise states on the need to find means to dispatch licences to applicants,” Kazeem said.