By Ifeyinwa Ogwo
COMMISSIONER for Transport, Uchenna Okafor has said that Anambra State Government plans to float new policy on driving schools in the state.
“This is to ensure that students are equipped with modern driving ethics,” Mr. Okafor said this during interactive session held with the Driving School Proprietors in his office in Awka.
He said that the plans include; training of driving schools instructors by the Vehicle Inspecting Officers (VIOs), creating a data base system of every student in the various driving schools in the state, and organising seminars and workshop.
“The policy is to aid radical transformation in the driving culture of the state towards ensuring reduction in road crashes. More policies will be introduced to upgrade the driving school system in the state,” Okafor explained.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Public Transport and General Supervisor of VIO-DVLA, Ralph Okoye observed that driving schools play important roles in the society, noting, “whether a driver is good or bad depends on the driving school one attended”.
Mr. Okoye informed them that revalidation of all driving papers would commence soon, urging them to ensure that they renew their registration.
The Head of Operations (VIO), Christopher Okeke said that government was making plans to set up driving ranges across the state.
Mr. Okeke said that subsequent sessions would be held to introduce other government policies for the growth of the state.
One of the Proprietors, Pascal Azubuike commended the state government for the current reforms in the state, especially in the ban of motorcycle operation in greater Awka and Onitsha.
Mr. Azubuike solicited government to come to their aid in solving their challenges and as well include them in the shuttle bus scheme.
By Ifeyinwa Ogwo