Election: Nigerian lawmaker lures voters with ‘free’ drivers’ licences

Photo of the licence lawmaker, Ibrahim Kemba
Photo of the licence lawmaker, Ibrahim Kemba

A member of the House of Representatives (Kiyawa and Dutse federal constituency) on Monday in Jigawa State gave out 50 free driver’s licences to his constituents in a bid to secure their votes.

Ibrahim Kemba, however, gave out only duplicates, saying the original licences will be given out to the ‘lucky’ constituents after the polls.

He said the gesture is meant to address the frequent arrest of drivers from his constituency who do not possess the mandatory document.

“Even though we’re giving you a duplicate copy of the driving license and receipts for you to hold, the original copy will be made available to you after the election because it takes time for the original copy to be out,” the lawmaker said.

The FRSC usually gives out duplicates of licences to applicants who seek to get or renew their driver licences. The duplicates serve the applicants for about two to three months before the originals are released.

The lawmaker did not elaborate on whether the constituents who now have driver’s licence went through the intensive screening process applicants usually undergo before being issued licences.

At the event, which took place at federal secretariat building in Dutse, Mr Kemba called on the beneficiaries to see the gesture as ”a reward from God”.

The event was also serves as the flag off of an empowerment programme for 200 ‘vulnerable women’. The lawmaker also gave out phones to some youth.

The lawmaker who didn’t list his achievements in his first tenure, however, said he distributed an unspecified number of sewing machines to some women.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

 

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.