Controversy Trails Drivers’ Medical Check-Up Scheme

Weeks after the nationwide flag-off of mandatory medical fitness certification exercise for commercial drivers in the country, consultant to the scheme, Alternative Consult Limited (ACL), has petitioned the Federal Government alleging that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has suspended the exercise. However, the FRSC has denied the claim, describing the allegation as “malicious.”

ACL in its petition to the President, Senate Committee on Health, Ministers of Transport and Health, accused the FRSC of introducing complexities to truncate the Federal Government approved Medical Certification of Commercial Drivers (MCCD) scheme.

Managing Director (MD) of ACL, Charles George, alleged that the FRSC had given a counter-instruction to all licensing centres not to proceed with the issuance of the certificates despite it flag-off last December even as he said this led to willing commercial drivers being turned back at designated hospitals across the country.

George, however, alleged in the petition: “On December 10, 2012, before the flag-off of the MCCD scheme by FRSC, the Corps Marshall Osita Chidoka invited him to his office for a meeting after which he asked him to host ACL website designed for this scheme (a restricted website for registered medical examiners taking part in the scheme) with a particular private company,(name withheld).

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