As part of its productivity, efficiency and effective service delivery drive, Kano state government through the office of the Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Automobile, has conducted a one-day sensitization workshop for government drivers on how to maintain government vehicles and minimize accidents in the state.
Speaking while declaring open the workshop on behalf of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the Murtala Muhammad Library, the Special Adviser Engr. Idris Hassan Barden Gwagwarwa described drivers as pillars and engine rooms of public service, saying they contribute immensely toward economic development of any government.
‘’When I was appointed as the SA Automobile, I met with the Government House drivers and heard from them where they complained that any time they under took long journey, their officers spend nights in hotels, while they were left to sleep in their vehicles and they had to wake up very early, wash their cars and took their bosses to venues of events without regarding their plight or complaint in addition to asking them to drive them back home without caring about their welfare,’’ he lamented.
He stated that such kind of maltreatment a-times causes accidents due to fatigue, pointing out that such a trend will change gradually.
He also lamented the attitude of heads of ministries, government agencies and extra-ministerial departments over poor maintenance culture on government vehicles, saying that there are many cases where drivers report to their superiors that the vehicles need service or change of tyres, but the officers will not care, a situation which according him, can cause carnages.
Comrade Hassan disclosed that the reason for organizing the maiden workshop for government drivers was to educate and sensitize them on their roles, how to drive carefully, maintain their vehicles in order to keep them well and reduce accidents as well as how to improve the welfare of drivers.
While thanking Governor Ganduje for graciously approving the money requested for the workshop, the Special Adviser urged the participants to make sure they put in practice what they learnt and impart it in others, adding that commercial drivers will also be included in the second phase of the training.
In his paper, the State Director, Vehicles Inspection, Alhaji Garba
Abdul Gaya said the workshop would go a long way in reducing accidents on our roads by about 80 per cent, pointing that 60 to 70 per cent of accidents are caused by human, environmental, road and psychological factors.
A cross section of the beneficiaries of the training said this was the first time government was organizing such kind of training for its drivers and thanked Governor Ganduje and the SA for the gesture which indicated that now government drivers are being carried along.
About 200 drivers drawn from various ministries and government agencies participated in the workshop.