By Ajuma Edwina Ameh
As part of measures to curb Road Traffic Crashes (RTC), the Dangote Cement Plc has inaugurated a Drivers’ Training Centre for its truck drivers across the country.
The training will last six months.
The training centre which is located at the Dangote Cement Plant (DCP), Obajana, Kogi State, is charged with the responsibility of attending to all training needs of the Dangote Cement Plc’s drivers.
Speaking to newsmen at the convocation of its first graduates of 50 Trainee Drivers, at Obajana, the Head of the Dangote Drivers Training Centre, Mr Harisson Pepple, said the training was in line with the company’s zero tolerance for auto crashes.
According to Pepple, the trainee-drivers are drawn from the existing motor boys.
The days of crashes involving Dangote trucks are numbered.
“The trainee-drivers programme is all-encompassing. The first twelve weeks is theoretical. Then there is three months attachment,” he said.
Pepple explained that the idea of the drivers training centre was conceived in June 2020 with the aim of training, retraining and constantly engaging the Dangote drivers.
Pepple further announced that the company was engaging another set of qualified drivers with Class G licenses, stressing that the company is doing everything possible to minimize road crashes.
“The company is collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in most of its activities.
“The trainee-drivers are also taught defensive driving techniques which involves driving to save lives, time and property,” he said.