The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ondo State Command, has partnered with Gbemtan Investment Limited, a cocoa exporting company, to train the company’s drivers on the rules and regulations of the road.
Mr. Ezekiel SonAllah, FRSC State Sector Commander, who was represented by Mr. Busuyi Komolafe, Head of the Road Transport Safety Standardization Program (RTSSS), said that the essence of sensitization was to anchor the culture of road safety awareness among the company’s drivers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise has been labeled “2022 Safety Managers and Drivers Certification”.
No less than 25 drivers and managers were present at the awareness raising.
SonAllah, who said the drill was an annual activity conducted by the FRSC for registered fleet operators, explained that Gbemtan was one of 71 registered fleet operators in the state.
The sector commander explained that there are three main factors responsible for road accidents including human, environmental and mechanical factors, saying that the human factor is 90%.
According to him, âFrom the findings of the FRSC, we found that the rate of road accidents on the highways of Nigeria is very alarming and high.
“Of 100% of road accidents, the human factor accounts for 90%, and of 90%, drivers contribute 80% through non-compliance with road rules and regulations, speeding, drink-driving, among others.
âWe have now found that if we can train them, (the drivers) and they have the mission and the vision of the FRSC with them and they are integrated into the body system, the road will be safe for everyoneâ .
The sector commander, who certified the security officers and drivers of Gbemtan Investment Limited, called on individuals, organizations, companies, academic institutions, ministries and government agencies performing transport or other services, with at least five vehicles in their fleet, to register.
âYou are hereby encouraged to register for free under RTSSS in order to ingrain a culture of security awareness and check the excesses that often lead to loss of life and property,â he said.
Earlier, Mr. Muftau Abolarinwa, Managing Director of Gbemtan Investment Limited, said the company was working with the FRSC to better understand the use of the roads.
Abolarinwa, who was represented by the company’s internal control manager, Mr. Olayemi Olajebo, said awareness raising would bring added value to drivers, staff and the company as a whole.
According to Abolarinwa, âwhen we know the traffic signs and the laws that govern the road, you will realize that many accidents will be reduced to a minimum.
“As a company that exports cocoa, we have a lot of drivers traveling to bring us produce and they encounter a lot of things on the road, which sometimes leads to people calling the company they’ve been stopped by. the FRSC or other road safety officers.
“But in the end, we realized that not all of these drivers were knowledgeable about the traffic signs and the laws that guide them. That’s why we organized this training to get to know each other better.
âSo it will add value to everyone, both staff and drivers; it will even reduce the money we spend on our trucks, because if you know how to use a vehicle well, it will reduce all unnecessary expenses on our trucks,â he said.
Furthermore, Mr. Ibrahim Saliu, the company’s senior driver, appreciated the FRSC’s gesture, saying that the drivers would adhere to all the knowledge imparted to them by the FRSC officers.
Saliu, who said the conference would be an added benefit for company members, especially drivers, said many of them drove without knowing when and where to overtake or not, and when they were on strange roads.
“I call on my other colleagues to