The Lagos State Government, has partnered with the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to train 6000 dispatch riders and delivery drivers.
Lagos state entered the partnership through the Ministry of Transportation and the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute.
The duo plans to organise an Industrial/Professional Training Programme for the drivers and riders.
Speaking on this, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, said the programme will certify the beneficiaries for their jobs.
He also said that the training will equip the drivers and riders with the necessary skills to be professional about their jobs.
The permanent secretary gave the statement in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the event at the Institute’s headquarters in Oshodi.
According to him, “Today’s epoch-making event is a well-thought-out training session that will not only certify the participants but improve their professionalism as well as regulate the logistics sector of the economy”.
Meanwhile, remarking on the event, General Manager of the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI), Mrs. Afusat Tiamiyu, said the partnership is particularly pivotal because the primary duty of a driver and dispatch riders are to safely transport both goods and passengers to their destinations.
She said the training will prove to be useful in “enhancing Professionalism in Courier and Logistics Services.”
Also, she said the Institute has lined up educative trainings and resourceful material to give quality training to the drivers.
This will, in turn, help in empowering them economically for greater growth and development.
Similarly, the Director, Nigerian Postal Institute (NPI), Dr. Julius Anjorin assured the participants that the training will have impact them positively.
He said, “Since the advent of the logistics industry, there has never been a partnership like this one and we are saying that this partnership has come to stay.
“The training will go around the country and I am assuring all participants that whatever you will learn here will have a great and positive impact on your job, organisation, the logistics industry in general, Lagos State, as well as the entire country”.
Also speaking, the Director of Operations, Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Mrs. Funmilayo Ogun, said the training is necessary because people reflect from dispatch riders and driver their perception of the organisations they work under.
“The dispatch riders and delivery drivers are the last-mile delivery who interact with the client and how they present themselves reflects on the organisation. Therefore, positivity should always be portrayed at all times whenever they are discharging their duties.”
Dispatch riding and delivery services have become very popular in Nigeria, especially in Lagos.
Many youths have taken up the jobs to pull out of the unemployment grip.
However, the sector is beginning to have more illiterates.
These illiterates lack the professional training and education to do the job.
Hence, their conducts impact negatively on the organisations they work under.
Also, some of them engage in unprofessional acts.
These acts end up not benefitting anyone – be it the state, the business, the customers and the economy.
Therefore, the training is important as it will help train the drivers and riders.
They will become more professional in doing their jobs after the training.