Daniels Nwokike, The Sight News
Abuja-With the aim of further boosting the professionalism of its drivers to strictly adhere to global standard of defensive driving skills, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Garrison, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has successfully conducted a 2-day capacity building Seminar on defensive driving technique for DHQ drivers and personnel in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, said that the objectives of the training is for the participants to be better informed about modern driving trends and skills, describing the seminar as timely, as the drivers were exposed to the applicable rudiments associated with defensive driving techniques.
General Olonisakin who was represented by the Acting Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Johnson Irefin, who was also a participant at the event, while commending the leadership of FRSC for the training partnership, maintained that the objectives of the training have been achieved as the event provided a unique opportunity for interaction between personnel of both services.
The CDS further explained that the synergy between the Armed Forces and the FRSC will be further strengthened, while already established esprit-de-corps among Armed Forces and FRSC will equally receive a boost.
The General suggested the establishment of an FRSC Desk at DHQ Garrison which he said will act as a liaison office in reducing the agonies personnel encounter while trying to obtain their driver’s licenses and documents.
In response, the Assistant Commandant, FRSC, Mr Samuel Egwuatu who was also the resource person at the seminar, while speaking on the defensive driving techniques, explained the fundamentals involved in road accident as he urged the participants to always observe road traffic signs, signals and marks while driving in major and minor roads as well as highways.
Delivering a lecture on ‘The Overview of the Highway Code’, the Deputy Route Commander, Mr Olakunle Adekunle noted that 85-90 percent of auto crashes where mainly caused by human factors.
Both resource persons however advised personnel to always engage in defensive driving, with the observation of various road traffic signs, during and after the yuletide season.
The FRSC officials used the occasion to also advice intending drivers and motorists to ensure that they pass through the learning process and also obtain their driver’s licenses and other vehicle documents from FRSC offices in order to prevent road accidents.
Other lectures delivered during the seminar include; driving under special conditions, sharing the road with other road users, preventive maintenance as well as the management of fatigue and stress emanating from driving.