‘8,245 professional drivers in Lagos are visually impaired’
No fewer than 8,245 professional drivers in Lagos, require glasses if they must continue to ply the roads, Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Drivers Institute, Philips Ogunlade has said.
Ogunlade said the institute, which was registered to correct impunity on the roads in state through adequate training for professional drivers had so far trained 206,793 drivers.
The Institute, which also embarked on training of bus conductors recently lamented that the state could not boast of accurate data of drivers and bus conductors.
Though mixed reactions continued to trail the registration of Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN), particularly as Lagos Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Tajudeen Agbede, said the move remained “a right step in wrong direction,” but Ogunlade said the step would address key security challenges.
“Security has been an issue. We have seen issues of ‘one chance’. If conductors are provided opportunities to be trained here it gives an opportunity to know them,” he said.
He noted that bad attitude of drivers is causing more harm, stressing that until drivers leart to behave well on the roads, boasting of a safer road may remain a mirage.
“Everybody wants to go at the same but everybody can’t go at the same time. People must learn to be patient,” Ogunlade said.When questioned about public complain that enforcement agencies arrest private drivers, who don’t have the Lagos State drivers’ license, he stated that only professional drivers are mandated to have the license.
The CEO said: “Private owners do come at their convenient to be trained. We also have cases of drivers, who are apprehended for certain offences or another and must come to the Institute. But private drivers are not mandated to get our licence,”
He lamented that the operations of the Institute is currently facing series of challenges, including epileptic power supply and low compliance.