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Kwara aims to reduce road accidents, trains 3,000 drivers

In a significant move to curb road accidents and enhance the professionalism of transporters, the Kwara State Government has launched a comprehensive driver sensitization training workshop.

The one-day event, organized by the office of the Senior Special Assistant on Transport Affairs, Mall. Orire Ibrahim Olarewaju in collaboration with the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), aimed to educate and train 3,000 drivers from both public and private sectors across the state.

Held on May 22nd in the Banquet Hall opposite the Government House in Ilorin, the workshop brought together key stakeholders including representatives from the Nigeria forces, leaders of transporter associations, and government officials.

Dr. Abdulaziz Jiddah, representing Governor Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, stressed the administration’s dedication to road safety and accident prevention, emphasizing that the initiative is part of a broader strategy to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and driver competence, thereby commend the initiative of the SSA, Mall Orire Ibrahim Olarewaju.

Dr. Mrs. Mercy Ilori, on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Transportation, Hon Saidu Alikali, called attention to the critical role of state-level participation in national road safety efforts.

She urged drivers to maintain their vehicles properly and adhere to safety protocols to reduce the risk of accidents.

The event was marked by a strong emphasis on collaboration and the collective responsibility of all road users.

The Rector of IVTEC, Dr. Yaru Salihu, pointed out that the training is designed not only to improve drivers’ technical skills but also to instill a culture of safety and professionalism among transport workers.

Prominent figures in attendance included Sir Otunba Abiodun Ajiboye, Director-General for the National Institute of Cultural Orientation; Comrade Kayode Agbeyangi, Acting National General Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers; Hon Mary Ronke, Kwara State Commissioner for Tertiary Education; and Hon Olayinka Tejidini, General Manager of Kwassip. Their presence reinforced the importance of the initiative and the unified effort required to achieve its goals.

The workshop signifies a proactive approach by the Kwara State Government to address the alarming rates of road accidents and to promote a safer, more efficient transportation system through rigorous training and awareness programs.

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