Kebbi's State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Tuesday that no less than 70 percent of vehicles and motorcycles on Kebbi's roads were not properly registered.
The executive chairman of the board, Alhaji Illyasu Arzika-Jega, said this while answering questions from journalists at his office in Birnin Kebbi about joint efforts underway to curb illegality on the state's main highways.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the board and other security agencies were collaborating together to verify the details of vehicles and motorcycles that circulate on the main roads of the state.
Arzika-Jega explained that the percentage of defaulters crosses vehicles and motorcycles that circulate on the roads in the 21 local government areas of the state.
The CEO said: “BIR has been receiving many messages and complaints out of state, especially from Lagos state, requesting the need for verification of some vehicle registration plates, which were often not properly documented or registered.
“The default is almost 70 percent. If you go to double-check, out of every 10 motorcycles or vehicles on the roads, you will hardly see three with registration numbers.
“So that's why we find it necessary to go out and start checking regularly so that people don't relax in the need to register their vehicles.
"Also, this is necessary because there are several reports coming into our office regarding stolen vehicles that we receive from around the country."
He added that the exercise would assist the board in its efforts to reduce the number of unregistered motorists and motorcyclists on highways across the state.
It would also help vehicle and motorcycle owners track down and recover their property in the event of theft, he said.
On measures against defaulters, Arzika-Jega said those found to have violated sections of the law were asked to do the right thing with the details of the vehicle.
He added that others whose crimes were considered serious were charged before the Court Inspection Officers (VIO).
“But at our own end at the Internal Revenue Board (BIR), he will not be released until he has fulfilled his obligation. You must renew the documentation of your vehicle if you have not done so, or obtain your registration if it is the issuance of registration.
“We will make sure you do what is expected of you before your vehicle is delivered.
"The Board has more than enough license plates in stock worth millions of naira in the 21 local government areas for any motorist who would like to buy," he said.
The president advised the general public to properly register their vehicles to avoid embarrassment on the roads.
He added that such due process would help easily identify the owners of stolen vehicles.
According to him, drivers and motorcyclists who do the right thing will protect their vehicles and motorcycles from theft.
It would also serve as a means of generating revenue for the government to implement meaningful development, he said.
Arzika-Jega said: “The exercise also seeks to inform the general public that the government is on the ground, hence the need for motorists to comply.
“They must make sure that they have duly registered the license plates of their vehicles. They must also make sure that if their vehicle documents expire, they must renew them.
“I know that some documents expire after six months, while others expire after one year of use.
"So there is a need for the public to know that they have a duty to fulfill all of these responsibilities to avoid any embarrassment from law enforcement agencies," he said.