Commissioner seeks stakeholders’ commitment on safety, traffic management
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, has appealed to stakeholders in the transport sector to rededicate their efforts towards improving safety and traffic management on Lagos roads.
Oladeinde made the appeal at the Y2021 Driving School Instructors and Operators’ ‘Train-The-Trainers’ programme, organised by the State Drivers’ Institute with the theme “Qualitative Drivers’ Education: Panacea to Economic Growth and Development”.
He envisaged that the training would enhance the government’s plan to achieve sanity and improved traffic management on the roads while reducing productive hours lost to traffic gridlocks and unwholesome road culture among the motoring public.
Maintaining that building the dream transportation sector is a task that requires stakeholders’ support, collaboration and cooperation, the commissioner assured that the state government would continue to formulate and implement programmes and policies beneficial to stakeholders in the transport sector.
Earlier in her welcome address, the General Manager of Lagos State Drivers’ Institute, Afusat Tiamiyu, noted that refresher training for the instructors of first-line drivers is essential to reduce road crashes that cause injuries and loss of man-hours in traffic.
She pointed out that many crashes are caused by human error and a lack of formal training. She listed other contributory factors to include inadequate knowledge of traffic rules and regulations, as well as lack of vehicle maintenance.
In his presentation, the Director, Transport Operations, Ministry of Transportation, Engr. Abdul-Hafeez Toriola described defensive driving as driving to save lives, money and time regardless of the circumstances and actions of others; hence the need for drivers to inculcate techniques to further promote safety, sanity and security of lives and property on roads.