Lagos rewards 25 drivers, seeks reduction in road crashes
Lagos State Government has recognised 25 drivers who distinguished themselves in the profession. The awardees, who received gas cookers, were certified by the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) and recognised at 2021 Drivers’ Appreciation Day and award ceremony in Ikeja, for having good sight and being Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) compliant.
General Manager of LASDRI, Mrs. Afusat Tiamiyu, said the awardees were selected to encourage others on the need to reduce road crashes in the state.
She stressed the need for training of drivers in the art of driving because of their important role in the socio-economic life of the state.
Taimiyu urged transport unions to encourage their members to enroll for training, which will help in improving their well being as well as reduction in accidents and loss of life and property.
Speaking at the event themed: “Promoting a Safer Driving Culture on Lagos Roads,” the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the event laid credence to safety of life for which the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has placed an ultimate premium.
He stressed that most crashes are unintended and unexpected, but could have been prevented by small differences in driving culture. Studies, he said, showed that about 75 per cent of road traffic crashes are attributed to the driver’s behaviour while on the steering.
According to him, the award was an attestation to the State Government’s commitment towards encouraging and motivating trained professional drivers in the public and private sector, whose watchword has been safety, thereby reducing road crashes.
Stressing that transportation is the engine of any economy and so careful attention has to be paid to it, he said the key element that connects the transport sector with the overall economy is mobility. And the ability to drive successfully from point to the other is an important component of road safety.
He said: “ Unfortunately, in most parts of the world especially in developing countries, substantial numbers of drivers do not get to their destinations safely as a result of road traffic accidents along the way.
“It is no gain saying that the rate and severity of road traffic crashes in Nigeria and Lagos State in particular has adverse effects on the man-hours, coupled with its socio-psychological effects, which therefore deserves immediate attention of government.
“In view of this, the State Government, being aware that many drivers did not pass through any formal training in the art of driving and as a result, lacked adequate driving skills as well as simple requirement for vehicle maintenance, set up the Lagos State Drivers Institute and equipped it with driving simulators and audio visual aids to encourage capacity building and development.
The role of the government towards provision of safe road infrastructure is therefore fundamental to the realisation of the state’s mega city status.
“Also, the efficiency with which people, goods and services can move from one point to the other would ultimately determine the quality of life of the people.
“ In the end, these affect the general economic condition of the people in a society and the nation’s gross domestic product at large.
“It is against this background that both individuals and governments have made concerted effort to address safety in meeting the needs of commuters in our dear city.”