Have you ever wondered why vehicle plates are necessary? Why all those digits and figures? What do they mean?
About all Nigerians know that every vehicle in Nigeria must have a number plate, but only a few can decide what the number and abbreviations mean. Here is a privilege for you to understand the abbreviations and numbers written on vehicle plates in Nigeria. Read along!
Plate Number Abbreviation in Nigeria
All the countries of the world use plate number on their vehicles so, this is not a case peculiar to Nigeria alone. The adoption of the use of plate numbers is the government’s firm method of identifying all vehicles in a country.
Vehicles are made in similar models, external features, and colours which make it a bit difficult to differentiate one from the other. So, whether you ride a motorcycle or own a car, your vehicle is expected to carry a number plate.
Vehicle number plates are formed in different ways with each character having its own significance. The numbers are formed based on individual country preferences.
Nigeria’s unique format:
The “XYZ” signifies what Local Government Area you got your vehicle registration done. Next to it is 3 figures, then after that comes the other two letters. These last two letters are basically for numbering.
The numbering starts from 1 like this: 001AA, and ends at 9; 999AA. Once this cycle is complete, you’ll move to 001AB till 999AB, the numbering goes on and on like that. Sometimes, the first letters in this sample could be used to different vehicle types. A for private vehicles, X for commercial vehicles, Q for tricycles and bikes while H is used for Hilux.
Nigeria Plate Number Colours
Nigeria plate numbers are usually white in colour while the numbers are written in blue. Perhaps you have noticed that the numbers are written in different colours, some red while some are in green. The colour used is also significant. Red is used for commercial vehicles, green for government plates, purple is used for imprinting diplomatic plates, and white colour is used for lettering.
In the case of diplomatic plates, two or three figures are used to symbolize what country the owner of the car represents. These figures are imprinted then followed by two letters and figures. CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE would be clearly written where the state is supposed to be on this type of number plate.
As aforementioned, the first three letters on a typical Nigeria number plate represent the Local Government Area in which the vehicle was registered. These LGAs are always abbreviated, which confuses many individuals.
Below is a list of typical Nigeria Plate Number Abbreviation under each state and what they represent;
Abuja Vehicle Plate Number
|KWL||Kwali Area Council|
|ABC||Abuja Municipal Council|
|BWR||Bwari Area Council|
|RSH||Karshi Area Council|
Lagos State Vehicle Plate Number
|AAA||Lagos Island LG|
Osun State Vehicle Plate Number
Katsina State Vehicle Plate Number
Oyo State Vehicle Plate Number
Cross River State Vehicle Plate Number
|ANA||Calabar South (Anatigha)|
Kano State Vehicle Plate Number
Ekiti State Vehicle Plate Number
|TUN||Moba LG (Otun)|
Ondo State Vehicle Plate Number
|WEN||Idanre LG (Owena)|
|KEK||Ile Oluji LG (Ile oLuji)|
|AKR||Akure South LG (Akure)|
|FFN||Ose LG (Ifon)|
|REE||Odigbo LG (Ore)|
|SUA||Akoko South East LG (Isua)|
|JTA||Akure North LG (Ita Ogbolu)|
|NND||Ondo West LG (Ondo)|
Rivers State Vehicle Plate Number
You cannot just hit the road with a new car in Nigeria, there are due processes you must follow. You must first get your new vehicle registered in your preferred Local Government Area and get a number plate. If you have a plate number that has not been used before, you must get it verified at the appropriate quarters first before attaching it to your vehicle. Getting a plate number would cost you a bit but the amount cannot be compared with the price of your vehicle.