The Dangote Group recently announced about two thousand vacancies for truck drivers in the organization for its newly established Super Fleet. The organization said it did not need experienced truck drivers as successful applicants will be duly trained by the organization.
However, what has sparked a lot of controversy is the fact that the organization wanted only graduates for this special position. Some Nigerians believe this is too demeaning for Nigerian graduates. An excerpt of the group’s advert is presented below:
The Academy has just initiated a project called, “The Drivers Academy” which aims at recruiting and training 2,000 Nigerian graduates to become professional heavy vehicle drivers for the newly established Super Fleet of the Group. This initiative will assist to uplift the operating standards in road transport industry, promote entrepreneurship and open up career opportunities.
The ideal Candidate should:
• Have a B.Sc., HND, OND or NCE certificate (in any discipline)
• Not be less than 25 years of age
• Be physically fit
• Be responsible and mature
• Not necessarily have prior driving experience
All forms of condemning statements have been made concerning this programme, but most of them have no solid arguments against it. Meanwhile, another school of thought believe it is a welcome development, considering what a lot of road users currently suffer in the hands of the current crop of truck drivers on Nigerian roads. Others also argued that some Nigerians who have even better qualifications and travel abroad in search of “greener pastures” do worse jobs! What do you think?