By Ismail Abdulaziz
As part of its measures to curb Road Traffic Crashes, the Dangote Cement Plc has inaugurated a Drivers’ Training Centre at the Dangote Cement Plant (DCP), Obajana, Kogi State.
The new Centre is charged with the responsibility of attending to all training needs of the Dangote Cement drivers.
The new centre has convocated its first graduates of 50 Trainee Drivers.
At the event, Mr Harisson Pepple, Head of the Dangote Drivers Training Centre, said that the training was in line with the company’s Zero Tolerance Policy for auto crashes.
Pepple said that the Trainee Drivers were drawn from the existing Motor Boys, adding that the training period was six months.
He expressed optimism that 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.
He said that the idea for the new cntre was conceived in June 2020 with the aim of training, retraining and constantly engaging the company’s drivers.
He said that the company was engaging another set of qualified drivers with Class G licenses, stressing that the centre was collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps in these activities.
He added that the Trainee Drivers were also taught Defensive Driving Techniques, which involved driving to save lives, time and property.
The Dangote Group has been taking stringent measures to minimise auto crashes, and the new training centre is a continuation of this innovative efforts.
Some of the efforts by the company to curb crashes include: The recertification of drivers, pre-trip and post-trip inspections, drug test, Onboard Camera and tracking of vehicles.
Others efforts are Root Cause Analysis, engaging behavioural psychologists and clerics, convoy movement as well as checkpoint policy and sanctions.(NAN)