ODSG establishes Drivers’ Training Institute
By Mary Agidi & Babatunde Olorunleke
In an effort to put an end to the wanton destruction of lives and property on our roads, the Ondo state Ministry of Transportation has flagged off the construction of Drivers/Riders Institute.
Speaking at the construction site of the institute opposite Nigeria Television Authority, NTA’s compound in Oba-ile Akure, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Transport, Mr. Tobi Ogunleye affirmed that the activities of drivers and riders, most especially commercial motorcyclists were giving the government sleepless nights.
According to him, the rate at which lives of vulnerable people were being wasted through avoidable accidents is worrisome, hence, the need to take proactive measure to contain the situation.
He said most of the motorcyclists today are coffin riders, and their clients do not know that they are entering into the den of death.
He averred that it is preemptive norm anywhere in the world under public international law that every driver/rider must be trained and retrained and issued a license that will certify them to ply the road.
Ogunleye noted that basic facilities in this center will be ICT based, such that nobody can represent anybody or be able to beat that training because every detail will be captured.
According to the SSA, the government is partnering with High Point Dynamics System because of their expertise and the international equipment at their possession.
He said the centre is expected to be commissioned before the end of July, adding that after this one in Akure, which will be a pilot centre other centres will be opened at different towns across the state.
He maintained that the Okada riders are the major target for the training.
Representative of High Point Dynamics System, Mr. Opeyemi Oluleye said they have the privilege to undertake the project in collaboration with the Ondo State Government.
The Director of Vehicle Inspection, Engr. Alaba Adeleye said the project is to seek an end to untrained drivers and riders activities on our roads.
He stressed that this project will put an end to crashes that happen through human error, adding that the training is essential because for every driver or rider to be on the road, he or she must be conversant with the rules and regulations of driving.