Lokoja ------------ The Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi on Wednesday inaugurated Dangote Articulated Truck Driving Academy at Obajana in Kogi State.
Oyeyemi noted that Dagote’s vision at establishing the new academy for truck drivers, was a “significant step” which wouldl benefit not only the Dangote Group but the entire country as a whole.
According to Oyeyemi, the Dangote Cement Plc. transport arm initiated the academy in a bid to check road accidents.
His words, “I wish to commend Alhaji Aliko Dangote for taking a big step towards reducing accidents and road carnages on the nation’s highways.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for as a corps and today Dangote has made it.
“In fact, before this historic and unique step, I have observed that Dangote has done a lot to address truck crashes and I must commend them for this.”
He extolled the conglomerate for leading other companies in this path, pointing out that, the academy will play a key role in the country’s efforts to make the nation’s highways and roads safer.
In his remarks, the National Director, Logistics of the Dangote Cement, Transport Section, Mr Juan Carlos Rincon, said that the “academy is an expression of the determination of the company to check accidents."
In his comments, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, Prof. Idris Bugaje, said that the NBTE would partner with the Dangote Cement Plc. for a successful accreditation and takeoff of the academy.
Also speaking, the Bajana of Obajana, Oba Idowu-Isenibi, expressed optimism that the academy would greatly help address auto crashes in the country, pointing out further that, Dangote was a “rescuer” to his community, which should be emulated by other investors in the country.
The Olu of Akpata, Oba Frederick Balogun urged other investors to emulate the company and bring smile on the faces of road travellers across the country.
Both Dangote Cement Transport and the FRSC signed an agreement on how to make the academy effective.