Dangote Drivers’ Impunity Worries FRSC

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Group photo of Boboye Oyeyemi (centre), Corps Marshal, FRSC, at the end of interactive session with Management team from Dangote Industries Ltd and representatives of the SGF, NSA and DSS at the FRSC National Headquarters, Abuja

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Worried by the impunity on the part of drivers from the Dangote Group which causes road crashes, the Federal Road Safety Corps holds meeting with the management of the company after which they adopt a roadmap to reduce the accidents

THE Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and Dangote Industries Limited have agreed on the roadmap to reduce road traffic crashes involving the company’s vehicles. The FRSC also urged the company to immediately commence removal of all its broken down vehicles on the highways across the country while ensuring faithful implementation of the resolutions reached at the interactive session.

Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal, FRSC, at the end of the meeting with members of the management of Dangote, reiterated that government would be more vigilant in monitoring the activities of the drivers of the company to determine its compliance with the safety roadmap drawn, saying the meeting was called to brainstorm on the increasing rate of road traffic crashes involving the company’s vehicles.

According to Oyeyemi, the FRSC has observed that Dangote Group operates one of the largest number of fleet of articulated vehicles in the country, pointing out that the activities of its drivers have become a source of concern to other road users, and efforts must be made to ensure that they are brought under strict control to avoid the menace the cause on the road. He maintains that since road remains the most favourable means of transportation in the country, necessary measures must be put in place to protect the users, noting that FRSC is particularly concerned with the level of impunity being displayed by some drivers of Dangote Industries Limited who operate without due consideration to lives of other road users.

He indicated that many lives have been lost in several road traffic crashes they caused, while the nation equally suffers unquantifiable volume of economic losses from the crashes. “A situation where the drivers of the company would knock down a road user, abandon the vehicle and disappear into the thin air is unacceptable to the FRSC,” he said.

Expressing anger at such high a level of impunity, Oyeyemi noted that even FRSC personnel who go on patrol and rescue operations are not excepted from the ugly practice of the company’s drivers, warning, however, that as the lead agency for road safety management and administration in the country, FRSC would do all it could to put a stop to such carelessness. “This meeting is therefore, called to address the matter and for all stakeholders to discuss on the way forward,” he stated.

The Corps Marshal who also frowned at the way some of the drivers of the company indulge in overloading, urged its management to put in place necessary measures that could ensure that the ECOWAS protocol on axle load is not violated. He added that as the company with large number of fleet of vehicles, it should show good example to others by using reflective tapes on its vehicles to give them adequate illumination especially in the night.

In his remarks, Abdulrahman Yakassai, special assistant to the chairman of Dangote Industries Limited, while expressing appreciation of the chairman of Dangote Group to the FRSC for its commitment to road safety campaigns, apologised for his inability to personally attend the meeting. He noted that the company is as concerned with issues of road safety as the FRSC, stressing that in tackling the increasing rate of road traffic crashes involving its vehicles, the management of the company took various measures including training and retraining of the drivers and implementation of other safety measures drawn up by the team of experts on road safety.

Also the director of Logistics of the company disclosed that management has identified maintenance as one of the major causes of frequent breakdown of its vehicles, noting that whenever the drivers were faced with technical challenges, they normally resort to fixing up the issues by themselves, thereby tempering with some elements of the vehicles that aggravate the matter. He enumerated a number of actions being taken by management of the company to include establishment of inspection team that would ensure prompt repair of broken down vehicles and incentives for crash-free drivers.

Among other resolutions reached at the meeting held at the FRSC headquarters in Abuja, were collaborative arrangement with the FRSC to remove broken down/crash Dangote vehicles from the roads nationwide and comprehensive compliance to the use of approved retro-reflective tapes on Dangote vehicles in conformity with ECOWAS safety requirement.

“Dangote Group is to sustain the current one hour refresher course and reward for drivers to sustain commitment to progressive reform on their general disposition,” the resolution stated.

The meeting further urged Dangote Group to embark on the installation of Mobile Weigh bridges at all its premises across the country to ensure compliance with ECOWAS loading regulations. “Dangote Group to expedite action on the control centres being established across the country to reduce careless driving,” it further stated.

The resolutions also urged Dangote Group to establish and operate a standard driving school for its truck and trailer drivers, while calling on the FRSC to encourage regular interactions between Commanding Officers and Dangote offices located within their jurisdiction for increased synergy and prompt resolution of some of the road safety matters to avoid further crashes.

Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives of the secretary to the government of the federation; national security adviser and Department of State Services.

— Mar 7, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT

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