By Franklin Alli
SIMBA Group has embarked on capacity building for women tricycle drivers in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The company is the representative of TVS Motors of India and is engaged in the assembly, distribution and servicing of the product in Nigeria.
In a statement, Mr. Vijay Patil of Simba Group said that the company decided to embark on the training to promote safe driving and training the drivers on how to keep their vehicles on-road longer.
“Increasingly we are seeing more and more women showing interest in driving three-wheelers due to the attractiveness of this form of employment, and it is our goal at Simba to create and develop the ecosystem necessary for women to be empowered and feel safe and welcome in this industry,” he said.
He explained that the training is targeted at women who are already driving the vehicles and women who have an inclination towards joining them.
Mrs. Lawson Titilayo Adewola, one of the women drivers shared her experience: “Since the start I have only been using TVS and I am happy with the company and I am proud to be a woman driver. When men see me driving they are very impressed and my gender can hardly believe it. Everybody prefers to board my tricycle.”