The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation says it will begin the training of motorists on driving skills to reduce carnage in the state.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson, who said this at a news conference in Ikeja on Friday, added that the training would begin on Feb. 1.
Lawanson said the ministry would collaborate with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to carry out the training.
He said that the workshop would be attended by drivers from government and private sectors to make Lagos a smart city of our dream.
“There is the need for regular training and recertification of all professional drivers in the employ of the government and private sectors.
“We need a hassle-free motoring in the state because this administration has invested so much on infrastructure of which road construction has taken a huge chunk,” he said.
According to him, the introduction of medium and high capacity buses on major roads in the state requires the services of well-trained drivers to showcase the state’s commitment to a stress-free transportation system.
Lawanson reminded the residents of the state law that says employers were requested and mandated to send their drivers to the Lagos State Driver’s Institute (LASDRI) yearly for re-examination.
The commissioner said that the drivers would be issued certificates at the completion of the training.He added that LASDRI, as an agency of the ministry, had existed since June, 2008.
The Director-General (D-G) of LCCI, Dr Muda Yusuf, said that the workshop would impact positively on the business community.
According to Yusuf, the training is a human angle of bringing efficiency to the transport sector and road users.
Also, Mr Gbolahan Toriola, the Lagos State Director of Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), said that the training became necessary because most drivers did not abide by traffic rules.