NITT Trains 116 SON Drivers

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Commuters caught up in monster traffic gridlock on Lagos-Ikorodu Highway. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, has trained 116 drivers from Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) on the rudiments of defensive driving and safety techniques.

A statement signed by the head  of Press and Public Relations of the institute Paul Ali Mshelizah said the training was informed by the growing need to equip the drivers with requisite modern skills and competencies for efficient and effective transport and logistics operations.

Speaking at the occasion, the Acting Director General and Chief Executive of NITT, Dr. Bayero Salih Farah, observed that the peculiarities of Nigerian road environment, high incidence of traffic accidents and emerging technologies like Intelligent Transport System (ITS) had made the training imperative.

Represented by the head of training, Dr. Joshua Odeleye, he said the achievement of organizational goals depends largely on efficient and effective transport and logistics operations.

 Dr. Bayero Farah described drivers as an integral part of the work force whose job facilitates the safe movement of personnel, goods and services critical for the survival and growth of any organization. He therefore noted that the importance of training and retraining of drivers cannot be overemphasized

He thanked SON for placing a high premium on human capacity development, and called for further collaborations.

To the trainees he said: “you are now NITT ambassadors; go and practice what you have learnt so that SON can see greater productivity.”

Responding, one of the participants Mr Daniel Audu expressed satisfaction with both the course content and method of delivery, noting that the training was unprecedented. He also thanked the management of SON for approving the training, and appealed that Management should make the training a yearly affair.”

The training course was held at NITT Zaria and Lagos study centre respectively.

 

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