By MAIMUNA MOHAMMED
THE African Center for Supply of Chain (ACSC) has concluded plans to partner with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to sensitize Lagosians with the culture of safety while on the wheels.
The Center’s Director General Mr Obiora Madu,who disclosed this at stakeholders meeting in Lagos assuring that ACSC will work hard to encourage companies that run trucks and other commercial buses to build more training institute to ensure drivers grow through a deliberate policy of professionalism.
He said car owners should have their drivers trained before handing over keys to them because drivers are the highest killer in Nigeria as a result of poor training skills.
He stated that the drivers training center is one of the ingredients for supply chain. noting that ‘’The training fee at present is N1,000, while duration period is one day and the maximum requirement is driver’s license’’.
According to him,drivers should drive in accordance with the road traffic laws adding that anybody caught driving and breaking traffic law should dealt with to serve as a deterant to others .
He noted that the maintenance of vehicles was one of the vital key to improving transportation cost reiterating the fact that many people bring in vehicles into Nigeria without understanding the skills in maintaining them.
He explained that before importers bring in vehicles they must understand the environment in which such vehicles are coming, saying that will based on this, they know how to put such vehicles to use.
Madu also explained that the four keys to reducing transportation cost are to have a clear transportation strategy , clear process in place for drivers selection in other to recruit and place drivers in an effective key success,right investment & infrastructure and finally relationship management.