Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday February 3, 2022.Lafarge Africa Plc., a leader in building solutions in sub-Saharan Africa and a member of Holcim, a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, announced the launch of the Lafarge Driving Institute at its Ewekoro plant in the state of Ogun, South West Nigeria.
The Lafarge Driving Institute in the South West is the second of its kind created by the building solutions company following the commissioning of the first driving institute in the South East in 2017. The company continued to provide institute-registered drivers with state-of-the-art training programs tailored to the needs of Nigerian heavy-duty vehicles such as truck, trailer and articulated vehicle drivers.
Speaking at the launch of the event, the CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc., Mr. Khaled El Dokani, highlighted Lafarge’s commitment to improving health and safety within its operations and ultimately in its wider community. “At Lafarge, we recognize that we have work to do to improve road safety and we are committed to investing in safety innovation, both within our organization and throughout our supply chain. We view safety as essential to creating sustainable and profitable operations – driving productivity and increasing operational efficiency and business performance in tangible ways.”
According to El Dokani, the continued number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads requires concrete mitigation measures. We must put in place appropriate measures to improve road safety.
Data received from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) showed that between August 2020 and June 2021, 1,070 accidents involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) such as trucks, trailers and articulated vehicles occurred.
He further said: “One of the main ways to reduce road related incidents and achieve our goal is to raise the level of driver training in our operations and ensure that drivers think safety on the road first and always. Integrating a strong culture of road safety into the heart of truck drivers is paramount. This requires appropriate training and supervision to understand the risks associated with the performance of their task, shape their behaviors and develop safety processes.”
“As an organization, our ambitions remain the same as when the first Lafarge Driving Institute was created in 2017: efficient, sustainable and safe road transport. There’s no denying that we’ve done well over the past few years. . With the opening of this new center, we are now extending the same amazing opportunity to more people by bringing it to the South West.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made in a short time and the commissioning of the South West Driving Institute today is a practical demonstration of our commitment to improving operational performance, even as we strive to achieve world-class standards,” he said.
Along the same lines, Lafarge’s CFO/Supply Chain Director, Mr. Lolu Akinyemi, revealed that the new leadership institute is proof of the organization’s commitment to propel growth. socio-economic and investment in the country. “With this new facility, Lafarge is taking critical steps in implementing its training program and investing in the development of its drivers while embedding the ideal culture within its driver community.”
“Our goal is to create a fully structured and well-equipped learning environment to improve knowledge, safety and method of truck driving in Nigeria. With a state-of-the-art facility housing a lecture hall, laboratory and loading area , among other things, this initiative will help Lafarge Africa to improve transport, increase safety and thus reduce lost time accidents,” he noted.
He said: “We have a strong vision and a well-defined roadmap to ensure the safety of our drivers and external parties involved in our logistics operations. The roadmap that was developed in 2015 is subject to continuous improvements and our road safety strategy has reduced our focus and key strategic intentions to achieve our “0” ambition, i.e. zero injuries, zero fatalities in our operations.”
Project Manager, LDI and Head of Logistics Security in the country, Bolaji Anani, explained that the organization’s objective is not that the institute’s graduates deliver its products safely and in good conditions. conditions, but serve as role models for safe driving of other trucks. drivers and other drivers on Nigerian roads.
“We believe in the principles of sustainable development and responsibility towards all our stakeholders and society as a whole. And we will continue to strive to turn this belief into visible action by investing in different initiatives that show our commitment to current generations and future.” he underlined.
He said the company will continue to support the industry to provide more professional training for existing and potential heavy-duty truck drivers and to research ways to improve the standard of driving a truck across the country.
The institute is an ongoing partnership with Automated Integrated Services Limited and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to address professionalism and ensure heavy-duty vehicles (HGVs) are fitted by professionals who have completed a comprehensive training program tailored to the needs of Nigerians. truck’s driver
The Managing Director of Automated Integrated Services Limited (IASL), Ms. Adeniun Taiwo commended the company for its continued efforts in partnering with them as the program will improve the professionalism of Heavy Duty Vehicle (HGV) drivers in the society.
She said: “The Lafarge Drivers’ Institute (LDI), in partnership with Automated Integrated Services Limited, will admit trainees to embark on a driver training project. We are indeed proud of this ongoing partnership and hope to see the beneficiaries grow into trucking professionals. drivers in our society with the aim of reducing road accidents.
Speaking on the positive effect of Lafarge Africa operations on its host communities, Deputy Corps Commander (ACC), Itori Unit, Ewekoro, Caleb S. Yerima., commended the company for its very impactful interventions that continue to meet the needs of host communities. as well as their zeal for gender equality. He also commended Lafarge for establishing the Driving Institute in Ewekoro as it contributed to the state government’s initiative to empower people through skills training.
“We would like to thank Lafarge for this initiative and the need to provide an institution in our environment that will improve the culture of driving. Lafarge has helped make this route drivable, and with this training will make it even better. Anyone who has the privilege of being trained is meant to put the training into practice and we are even very happy to hear of women joining us, this will of course develop and build confidence in our women.”
The chairman of the Ewekoro Community Relations Committee (CRC), Chief Dotun Oderinde, who spoke on behalf of the 12 host communities in Ewekoro, described the project as essential support to the lives of residents of Ewekoro. ‘Ewekoro, while reiterating that the driving institute will give way to more qualified truckers. He commended the management of the cement company for promoting community development, especially its palliative measures and job creation for the people.
He said; “On behalf of Lafarge’s host communities, we appreciate the company’s efforts to continue to empower our young people, this initiative will not only train truck drivers but also create jobs in the community. And we are pleased that our women be a part of this initiative so that they can graduate and be an example for others”
Apart from the need to meet the global standard of heavy truck operation in Nigeria, the Lafarge Training Institute has provided employment opportunities for Nigerians. In 2020, the construction solutions company committed ₦132 million to train hundreds of truck drivers at the South East Training Institute in Calabar.
As a customer-focused organization, Lafarge Africa has supported its customers in acquiring 20-tonne trucks to support the redistribution and improved shelf presence of its products while partnering to grow their business. This truck ownership program has also been extended to its logistics service providers who support its overall market development momentum by ensuring that products reach every nook and cranny. This initiative has helped build its capacity and expand its activities.
About Lafarge Africa Plc
Lafarge Africa Plc, a leader in building solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, is a member of Holcim Limited, a global leader in building solutions accelerating the green transformation of our world. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Lafarge Africa actively participates in the urbanization and economic growth of Nigeria, Africa’s leading economy.
Lafarge Africa has the largest presence in Nigeria with cement operations in the South West (Ewekoro and Sagamu in Ogun State), North East (Ashaka in Gombe State), South East (Mfamosing, Cross Rivers State) with Ready-Mix operations in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Lafarge Africa currently has an installed cement production capacity of 10.5 Mtpa.
Lafarge Africa leverages its innovative expertise to provide value-added product and service solutions in the building and construction industry in Nigeria. Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.com.ng
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