The frequency with which road crashes involving drivers in the convoy of top officials of the Kogi State Government has been attributed to their refusal to partake in training programmes organised for drivers of top government functionaries in the country by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
This was disclosed by the Corps Marshal and chief Executive of FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka, while addressing reporters on the activities marking the 2013 Africa Road Safety and World Day for remembrance for road traffic crashes victims on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr. Chidoka particularly blamed the frequent road crashes involving top officials of the state on unqualified and untrained drivers.
He recalled Tuesday’s accident involving the convoy of the state Governor, Captain Idris Wada along the Lokoja-Abuja highway which led to the death of a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Festus Iyayi.
The FRSC boss, who said investigation into the fatal crash had commenced, stated that the outcome of the investigation would be made public.
He said, “Unfortunately, the Kogi State convoy drivers have not been involved in this training. I’ve just been told by the Sector Commander that the governor had asked him to take all the convoy drivers from Kogi State for this training, because, Kogi convoy drivers were not involved in this training.
“Of the 700 convoy drivers we trained in the last two years, none of them has been involved in any road crashes. The only crash we have seen so far from convoy are from people that have not attended our training.
“There are some vital things they were taught on how to move on convoy. So, now that the governor had directed his people to be trained, we have also advised him to bring some FRSC officials into his convoy because many of the state governors who have had no crashes have FRSC officials in their convoy.
He said, “You will recall that on December 28, 2012, the Kogi governor had a crash, in which his ADC was killed, on September 30, 2013, five people were injured in the deputy governor’s convoy crash and also on November 12, 2013, the Kogi governor’s convoy was involved in the second crash.”