Kogi State government has finally released 49 convoy drivers and three safety managers to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for training in specialized driving.
The state Sector Commander, Mr Godwin Omiko who spoke to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday said that the drivers included those driving the state governor and other top government officials workimg at the government house.
He said that the training had become necessary to equip the drivers with modern techniques of driving in the convoy, thereby ensuring the safety of the governor, top government officials, drivers and other road users.
With this development, he said that the state had finally bowed to the earlier demand that the drivers come for formal training, saying that the organization had in 2012 trained over 700 convoy drivers from the remaining 35 states and the FCT.
Omiko said that the drivers will be trained in modern technique in convoy driving, understanding of the codes, perception and driving strategies for different environment.
According to him, the drivers will also go through techniques in defensive driving, effects of fatigue and emotion. Consequences of unsafe driving and poor decision making, use of safety and protective equipment among others.
“In the course of the training, the convoy drivers will be made to realize that they are not immune crashes and above the law and should not constitute nuisance to other road users,” he said.
As for the safety managers, the essence was to impress it on them on the need to ensure that the vehicles in government pool are regularly maintained , ensure and enforce discipline among drivers and see to good physical and emotional conditions of drivers before they are assigned to drive their bosses.
He said that at the end of the three-day training, the participants will be made to go through practical tests, eye test, test of understanding and medical screening.
Omiko said that a report on their individuals performances and outcome of the various tests will be sent to the state government for final implementation, saying that any of them founding wanting will be stopped from driving in convoy.
It would be recalled that the state governor’s convoy had been involved in a number of crashes, including the one in which the former president of ASUU, Prof. Festus Iyayi was killed in November last year.