Somaliland: Private Firm Awarded Contract to issue National Driving Licenses

The Ministry of public works and national housing has awarded a privately owned firm the authority to issue national driving licenses.
The awarding of the Contract was confirmed by the minister of public works and national housing Hon Ahmed Abdi Mahmoud Haabasade in a telephone interview with somalilandpress.com.

The Public works minister when asked why he chose to depart from traditions of the issuance of the national driving licenses, he replied by saying “Our decision to award the private firm came about after many considerations on our part with the main focus remained on Road Safety.

“The decision is also based on finding a Standard structure of issuance of driving licenses at the national level to deliberate on road safety, taxation ,assume ownership, take a stand and act decisively, to mitigate the avoidable human suffering,” said Hon Haabasade.

Public Works minister enforced his position by downplaying by the risk of exposing citizen’s private information by saying “There is nothing wrong in awarding a private firm the right to authorize driving licenses as long as they work in accordance with our guidelines.

Lastly the minister denied allegation which purported his ministry was planning to increase the fee charged while applying for new driving licenses.

Goth M Goth
Somalilandpress.com

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