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Dangote Articulated Driving School Graduates First Batch of Special Truck Drivers

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Dangote Articulated Driving School Graduates First Batch of Special Truck Drivers
Dangote Articulated Truck Driving School, located in the Obajana cement plant in Kogi state, recently graduated its first batch of 50 Special truck drivers. This includes 10 female drivers who were trained in defensive driving for three months. The aim of the program is to reduce the high number of road accidents in Nigeria. The driving school, a collaboration between Dangote Group and the Federal Road Safety Corps, offers comprehensive training in various subjects including civic education, defensive driving, and truck handling. The graduates will now undergo a six-month attachment to gain practical experience.

In a bid to tackle the escalating rate of road accidents in Nigeria, Dangote Articulated Truck Driving School, located at the Obajana cement plant in Kogi state, recently graduated its first batch of 50 special truck drivers. Among the graduates, 10 were female drivers who underwent three months of training in defensive driving. The program aims to make a significant impact in reducing road accidents across the country.

Addressing the graduation ceremony, Mr. Ajay Singh, Divisional Director of the Transport Section at Dangote Cement Plc, highlighted the company's zero tolerance for auto crashes. He emphasized that the establishment of the Articulated Driving School and other collaborative programs with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is part of Dangote Group's commitment to promote safe driving practices and minimize road accidents in Nigeria.

Adding to this, Mr. Azeez Adeniyi, Head of Human Resources at Dangote Group, commended the uniqueness of the Articulated Truck Driving School. He encouraged the newly graduated drivers to maximize the advantages of their training, acknowledging the rare privilege and golden opportunity they had received.

The courses offered to the first batch of graduates included subjects such as Civic Education, English, Mathematics, Defensive Driving, Truck Handling, Maintenance Technology, DCT Administration Procedures, Root Cause Analysis, Health and Science, and Road Signs and Codes. To further enhance their practical skills, the graduates will now undergo a six-month attachment to gain hands-on experience.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), represented by Engr Mukhtar Umar, the Deputy Road Commandant (OC Instructor) attached to Dangote Driving School, plays a significant role in the training and certification of both experienced and newly recruited drivers. The training covers defensive driving, road signs and responsibilities, driving culture, and driver certification.

Jacques Van Heerden, the representative of Fantique Driving Centre in South Africa, expressed confidence that if the drivers implement the lessons learned from the courses, it would go a long way in reducing the prevalence of auto crashes in Nigeria.

Col Ravig Kumar, Chief General Manager of the Maintenance Department, expressed optimism regarding the female drivers and their potential to make Nigeria proud in their new role. He urged them not to disappoint the company in their future endeavors wherever they may find themselves.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Ajayi Kehinde Daniel emphasized that they were not just ordinary drivers but defensive drivers. Throughout their training, they were exposed to the various causes of road accidents and how to prevent them. This knowledge will enable them to contribute positively to road safety in Nigeria.

The graduation of the first batch of drivers from Dangote Articulated Truck Driving School marks a significant step towards combatting the high rate of road accidents in Nigeria. With well-trained and certified drivers, it is hoped that the country will see a decrease in auto crashes and a safer transportation system for all.

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