By Tony Edike
Determined to reduce road accidents to the bearer minimum, the Federal Road Safety Commission has commenced the training of drivers in Enugu. First to benefit from this training are drivers of Peace Mass Transit Ltd a leading mass transit operator in the eastern port of the country.
The six-day training taking place at the company’s headquarters, Emene Enugu is in collaboration with the management of PMT, who said it was displeased with the continuous involvement of its drivers in road accidents despite having held in-house trainings for them in the past.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the transport company, Dr. Sam Onyishi, said the involvement of resource persons from the FRSC was necessitated on the need to widen the scope of the training and sound a final warning to the company’s drivers. Onyishi noted that an examination would be conducted after the training and those who fail to beat the cut-off mark would be sacked.
Adressing the drivers, Onyishi said: “You have no option but to be attentive in class. It is only those who pass that would be issued the road safety certification. Anybody who does not get the FRSC certification, will be sacked.
“You must get the training and you must behave the way FRSC wants you to. Anything short of road safety standard, we are going to sack you.”
He added, “No amount of pleas from your relatives or influential members of your family would make us rescind our decision to sack unsuccessful candidates, because we cannot continue to sacrifice the lives of innocent Nigerians on a daily basis due to your reckless.”
The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Enugu State, Mr. Hygienus Fuomsuk, however, said that the sector would use the training as a step towards reducing road accidents on the country’s highways before the end of 2011, especially those linked to Enugu which he said have been prone to crashes recently.