By Prince Okafor
TOTAL Nigeria plc has reinstated its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of drivers while on the road.
The company disclosed at its recent Annual Drivers’ Awards, and launch of this year’s Safety Posters’ Campaign, that the initiative, which has been on-going for the past 10 years, is to drive safety performance as well as encourage drivers on better delivery.
According to the Distribution Manager, Total Nigeria, Umar Abduliah, the company has not recorded any road accident since January, hence the need to celebrate the people responsible for the safety record. He said similar awards were held at the three territories, as drivers were rewarded in their various zones with diverse home appliances like fridges, air conditioners, home theatres and a host of others as well as cash prizes.
The winner of the National Award, Shehu Mohammed, had a cash prize of a N100, 000 and a 1.5 inch split air conditioner. Abduliah stressed that although there are many criteria in the selection of the best performing drivers, safety and efficiency was the major one to look out for, adding that, “We don’t want any driver to record an accident that is why we set up parameters where we ranked all our drivers nationwide.”
While unveiling this year’s safety posters campaign to the drivers, the distribution manager appealed to them to abide by the campaign’s commitments, since it creates the awareness and knowledge of safety to them. With this in mind, “they would drive carefully and not pose any hazards to motorists and road users.”
On his part, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who was represented by Tunji Oguntoye, cautioned drivers against the use of errand boys who lacked adequate training, to move their tankers around town, as it has become a rampant act and poses dangers to road users.
He also charged the drivers to always carry their highway codes to serve as a guide, because observation revealed that lack of information on the codes cause lots of unwanted road problems.