Lagos State Govt Begins Training and Accreditation of Bus Conductors
In a bid to restore orderliness and a sense of sanity on her roads, the Lagos State government has embarked on a one-day training and accreditation of bus conductors.
The Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI), Mr Philip Ogunlade, at the event urged bus conductors in the state to be civil in their dealings with commuters and other road users.
According to Ogunlade, the purpose of the exercise which has 55 executive members of the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN), is to impart professional skills in the association’s members, as well as improve public confidence and perception among them,Vanguard writes.
“What we do at the institute is to train and re-train drivers, as well as re-certify them,” he said.
“But for the first time in the history of the country, bus conductors are being trained to become better human beings on the road, and relate better with the commuters and other road users.
“We are happy to be part of this noble invention because it will enable us take their data, identify whom they are and the vehicle they work with. This will help the government in security areas, so the problem of `one-chance’ vehicles will be reduced to the barest minimum.
Ogunlade, who said they’ve started a data bank, added that the institute “would not rest on its oars at ensuring that bus conductors and transport unions in the state embrace the state’s traffic laws.”
Mr Israel Adeshola, the National President, BCAN, described the exercise as new dawn for conductors in the country.
“Before now, the perception the public had about bus conductors was that of hooliganism.”He said.
“But, with this training, the job of conductors will be regarded as a profession that must be accorded respect. It is going to be a continuous exercise and we will ensure every bus conductor benefits from it”
While calling on other states to toe a similar line, Adeshola – a conductor for 21 years – expressed the association’s gratitude to the Lagos State Government (LASG) and promised to collaborate with it to ensure that bus conductors obey the state’s traffic law.