By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
To ensure safety of drivers/riders and passengers on the roads, Ondo State government yesterday organised training for officers and members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the State.
The two day training organised by the State Ministry of Transport in conjunction with High Point Nigeria Limited, titled “Security/Safety and first Aid Medical Culture for Drivers on Road Transportation” was held at the State Riders/Drivers institute, Oba lle.
Declaring the training programme open, the state Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele said that the training was apt, particularly at the time when the country is bedeviled with the twin problems of kidnapping and banditry.
According to him, the need to train transporters, drivers and other workers on how to confront the challenges of insecurity and to guarantee safety on roads cannot be overemphasized.
The HoS reminded participants that they are the sureties and custodians of lives of passengers throughout the period of whatever journey, they make emphasising that preventable road accident is alarming which could be narrowed down to the driver, the vehicle and road.
While stressing the need for drivers and riders to be more security conscious as many of these evil men perpetrating it through commercial vehicles,he said they should not be ignorant of lawful responsibilities on road.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Transport, Mr Tobi Ogunleye in his remarks noted that culture of safety on the road is very key to building confidence in passengers.
He told participants to have dignity, be conscious and have empathy while driving on the road.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Oladele Adesanmi informed that the training is to ensure participants acquire more knowledge and be conversant with the rules guiding the road to ensure safe driving. He added that the ministry has carried out several training for relevant stakeholders to achieve the set objectives .
Various resource persons who took participants through various segments of training included the Special Adviser to the governor on Security, NDLEA, Majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, State Contributory Health Commission among others.
They emphasised the need for drivers to ensure all threat on the road are prevented,be security conscious, while healthy living should be taking seriously among other enlightenment.