Cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc, during the week launched the Dangote Articulated Truck Driving School in a move aimed at inculcating safe driving culture in its drivers so as to stem the tide of road crashes.
The opening of the school in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Company management reasoned, would also make the drivers become better road users.
The Academy, was officially commissioned by Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi.
The new Academy for truck drivers, according to the Corps Marshal, is a significant step forward that would benefit not only the Dangote Group but Nigeria as a whole.
The country’s top road safety official hailed Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, for taking “a big step” towards reducing truck accidents.
He said: “This is what we’ve been waiting for. You made it. I have observed that Dangote has done a lot to address truck crashes and I must commend them for this.”
He said the new school would play a key part in the country’s efforts to make roads safer, adding that he had suggested such a school long ago, and that he was happy the school had come to fruition.
In his remarks, the National Director, Logistics of the Dangote Cement (Transport section) Mr. Juan Carlos Rincon, said the new school was an expression of the determination of the company to bring to halt the incidences of auto crash in the country.
Speaking also Executive Secretary National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Professor Idris Bugaje who was represented by Engr S.M. Yusuf, said the NBTE would partner with the Dangote Cement Plc for a successful accreditation and takeoff of the new school.
In his remarks, the Bajana of Obajana HRH Oba Idowu Isenibi said he was optimistic that the school would help address auto crashes in the country, even as he described the President of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote as a “rescuer and God sent to their communities that should be emulated by other investors in the country.
Speaking in the same vein, the Olu of Akpata, Oba Frederick Balogun urged other investors to emulate the company.
Both the Dangote Cement Transport and the FRSC signed a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) on how to cooperate to ensure that the school was a success.
In the same vein, Dangote Cement organized thorough block molding training for block makers in both Kano and Katstina states respectively. This, according to the company was to ensure that the blocks moulded for building constructions are strong, reliable, and durable, noting that some block makers do not really know how to make strong and reliable blocks.
The Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Johnson Olaniyi, said the workshop would give the block molders and allied product manufacturers the opportunity to once again build capacity and adhere to global best practices.
Mr. Olaniyi said the Dangote Cement Plc is desirous of reversing the trend of collapsed building through the capacity building of block manufacturers.
In the same vein, The Kano State Coordinator (II) of SON Engr Hauwa M. Husseini urged the block moulders to comply with standard practice in order to prevent the menace of collapse buildings in the country.
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