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Drivers on Lagos roads urged to adopt defensive driving- LASDRI GM

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Mrs Afusat Tiamiyu, General Manager, Lagos State Drivers Institute

Drivers of all types of vehicles in Lagos State, especially those that have passed through mandatory annual refresher course at the Lagos State Drivers Institute, LASDRI, have been reminded to strictly adhere to the principles of defensive driving throughout the new year and beyond.

The General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, GM/CEO, LASDRI, Mrs Afusat Tiamiyu, gave the charge in her new year message to drivers in Lagos State while fielding questions on the current affairs talk show at Lagos Traffic Radio, LTR, titled “Bo Se Nlo”.

She advised drivers to endeavour to apply all they learnt at the institute such as strictly practising a healthy lifestyle, by repudiating all forms of substance abuse before, during and even after driving. She urged the drivers to, as a matter of compulsion, apply the laid down precautionary measures even before getting behind the wheels and while commuting in all the nooks and crannies of Lagos state.

Mrs Afusat Tiamiyu said the capacity of the institute had been greatly enhanced by the unparalleled support from the present administration lead by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu.

She said most of the institute’s training equipment’s hard-wares that were hitherto unserviceable had been replaced and now functioning. She noted the maintenance issue that earlier stalled the use of the simulator had been resolved and the simulator is now in optimum condition for the students’ use.

LASDRI helmswoman said there had been great awareness about the mandatory annual training which presently stretched faculty members to the hilt hence, an online schedule, the drivers’ service-platform was created and made accessible to reduce any form of unanticipated surge for training at the Institute’s training centres across the State.

Tiamiyu said that the Agency also often undertook on-site training with the view to reducing the influx of students in all its facilities statewide.

Simulator now in optimum performance

She said the support from Governor Sanwo-olu had helped the institute cope with the surge of qualified candidates deserving of the training.

She added that the recognition accorded the institute by the Governor was a reflection of the relevance of efficient and effective road transport in boosting the economy of the state of aquatic splendour.

LASDRI GM further stated, “Before now, the Institute had a series of challenges that were hindering us from operating effectively. Our simulators were not in good condition, and printing of the LASDRI plastic recertification cards was being hindered due to lack of equipment and paucity of funds. We presented all these challenges to Mr Governor and they were resolved”, she said

Tiamiyu added that due to the unwavering support from the Governor, the Institute had been able to conveniently trained 81,821 professional drivers since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration to date.

On-site training for one hundred drivers of Lagos State Public Works Corporation, LSPWC.

She explained that the feat was attained because “many moribund and obsolete equipment of the Institute were replaced and reactivated to meet the modern-day challenges”.

Afusat Tiamiyu, LASDRI head of academics and administration, further paid glowing tribute to what the present administration had done for the institute.

She said “the Lagos State Government has also made funds available for the Institute to produce training manuals for all professional drivers that present themselves at the Institute for training, and this has really improved the driving skills and knowledge of professional drivers across the State”, she added.

However, it is hoped that the impact of LASDRI will soon be measured by the behavioural pattern of drivers on Lagos roads and the depth of regard for road signs and comportment before traffic signal lights especially when traffic law enforcement officers are not in sight.

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