LAGOS TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON ROAD SAFETY

The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is set to hold a one-day workshop on road safety through continuous driver education on Tuesday, 29thof January, 2019.

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, who disclosed this on Friday at a Press Briefing organised by the State Government in Alausa, Ikeja, said the workshop is aimed at improving thebehavioural attitude of road users in the State through regular training and re-certification of all professional, commercial and private drivers.

He noted that there was need to complement the Bus Reform Initiative and road infrastructure developments of the State government by making necessary efforts to educate and enlighten road users on the rules and regulations as well as the consequences of violations of those rules, in addition to possessing adequate driving skills and being safety consciousness on the roads at all times.

The Commissioner explained further that, according to the Law, it is mandatory for corporate organisations, private companiesand transport unions and others to send their drivers to the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) for the yearly competence test after which they are re-certified upon completion of the requisite training.

The Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Muda Yusuf, explained that their collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation will ensure the participation of corporate bodies registered under the institute including multinational organisations such as Shell, corporate bodies and vehicle owners amongst others.

While promising a large turnout of its members at the workshop, he expressed optimism that the State government, through the Ministry, will also ensure the attendance of Road Transport Union representatives in order to ensure the success of the workshop.

Also present at the briefing, the General Manager, Lagos Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI), Mr. Phillip Ogunlade affirmed that the Agency has trained over 200,000 drivers annually since it began operations in 2008, assuring that the agency has maximum capacity to train as many drivers as possible in line with the vision of the State Government.

In his contribution, the Director, Vehicle Inspection Service, (VIS) Engineer. Gbolahan Toriola said Lagos State through its Transportation Ministry, has pioneered International Standards in its operations as stipulated by the United Nations action plan among which the training of drivers is one of the five major pillars.

Responding to issues surrounding the resurgence of VIS on the road, Toriola stated that their activities are aimed at preventing rickety vehicles from causing accidents or traffic congestion, adding that the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) used by the officials will simultaneously run checks on vehicles in terms of proper documentation and registration.

He urged Lagosians to feel free to report any of the Agency’s officials doing otherwise, adding that the safety action is in the interest of the populace.