Nigeria Institute graduates first batch of Dangote graduate drivers

About 96 drivers trained under the Dangote Graduate Drivers Training Scheme, DGDTS, have graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, NITT, Zaria.

The graduands are in the first batch of 2000 prospective beneficiaries that applied to participate in the scheme inaugurated in November 2012 as part of arrangements by the  Dangote Group to help reduce unemployment, minimise road accidents, up-scale dynamics in the transport sector and improve the in-house distribution network for the company.

Head of the Institute’s Public Affairs Department, Paul Mshelizah, said on Monday that 100 were shortlisted from the number, out of which 99 graduated from the different academic background disciplines registered for the scheme.

According to Mr. Mshelizah, the institute graduated 96 of the 99 drivers, while two absconded, and one withdrew due to ill-health.

He said the institute places high premium on the training of operators in the transport department of organisations to ensure that they become professionals in the discharge of the duties as is obtained in the developed countries, particularly at this time that the transport and logistics industry are fast growing.

While commending the Dangote Group of Companies for giving NITT the opportunity to undertake the training, and for its intervention in the transport sector, Mr. Mshelizah expressed confidence that the effort would bring sanity in the transport and logistics systems in the country, as well as assist in uplifting the operating standard in the road transport industry.

He challenged the benefitting drivers to ensure that they deploy the skills and experience they acquired during the training programme to make the desired difference in the country’s transport and logistics systems.

“You must ensure that the delivery of goods and services to your respective destinations is effective, efficient, safe and prompt. These are some of the qualities that will distinguish you from the uneducated and untrained,’’ the spokesman said.

The second batch of 200 participants is expected to commence training on February, 15, 2013.



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  • Enemona

    When it comes to using graduates as driver, they start quoting developed countries but when it comes to doing business in line with fair, competitive and responsible practices, they say ‘Nigeria is different’. BS!

    • that is it my brother.what a fuccckiiiin country nigeria

    • Tijani

      This useless Enemona just hates successful people. Go and run for office or start a business and let’s see what yourself of a dunce can do. Senseless fellow

      • Enemona

        You slave for these people and the paltry sums that trickle down to you has killed any atom of objectivity in you thus i do not expect you to have any independent opinion or cherish it in any case.

        I understand you need to earn your keep.

      • Enemona

        By the way, people like you are slave to wealth and power. You do not see anything wrong with the rich or the powerful as long as you nurse the obscene ambition of joining them through crooked means or eat from the palm of their hands.

        On the other hand, some of us who have and continue to build our wealth through hard work and honest means, will continue to lash out at ill-gotten wealth and the abuse of power by the rich and powerful. Power is derived through a social contract and where there’s a breach, we would not keep quiet even when hangers-on like you refuse to see the light. We know shackles are hard to remove.

        • Tijani

          You are a slave to blame shifting failures. Poor you.

  • Baj Orduh [Bonifacejoe]

    Dongote is seeing tomorrow today. The world is afraid of Iran and North Korea developing nuclear weapon because it get into the hands of radicals for mass destruction.Trailers and Tankers are like weapons of Mass destruction taking into account the havoc some accidents from trailers and tankers had caused.. There is the need that these tools are handled by people of intergrity through education. Improving the statues of these drivers like pilots, train drivers,ship captains etc will do us a world of good. Was this not the innovation ABC transport brought to luxery bus that other transporters are coping>Bravo Dangote.