Female drivers have been urged to observe Covid-19 guidelines as they go about their daily business activities. The Minister of state for Transportation gave the charge during a sensitization workshop on digitization organized by the Female drivers association of Nigeria, FEDAN.
While applauding the initiative of the female drivers in venturing into a field hitherto considered an exclusive preserve of the male, she tasked FEDAN to take seriously, the application of digital technology to their job especially in this era of Covid-19.
“Driving is a male dominated area but we need to break through as women. Now, we must be informed to take our prime place in our society. It is high time we joined the moving train of digital economy”.
“It is important that we recognize that the world is moving and we cannot afford to be stagnant but to move with the world. Women are more conscious and safer drivers, so I encourage us to take our place and not see driving as a menial job”.
She assured the female drivers of the support of the ministry of transportation as they work towards charting a new course in professional driving adding that the ministry is committed to ensuring that Nigeria’s transport sector evolves in line with global best practices.
Earlier, the President of Fedan, Ambassador Eunice Odeghe in her speech, said the workshop was aimed at helping members embrace the new normal as well as update themselves and acquire new skills necessary to meet up with the challenges of the present circumstance.
“The event is to enlighten ourselves as women drivers on the COVID-19 as we carry people from one destination to another and as such, we need to protect ourselves and our passengers. We want to enlighten members to show examples to others as they drive”, she said.
Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian security and civil defence Corps, Such Beatrice urged the female drivers to be of good conduct, avoid over loading and over speeding as well as equip themselves with self defence skills. According to her, Covid-19 is a war and should not be treated with levity.
Other Stake holders at the event include, the Director road transport ministry of transportation, represented by Mrs Sharang Jennifer, the DG NCWD represented by Mrs Maimuna Yongori , tge FRSC Corp Marshal represented by SRC Iliyasu Jimoh and some others.
The high point of the event was the presentation of awards to, the Director Road transport, Dr Mrs Anthonia Ekpa, the Facilitator , CEO Fatacards, Dr Fatal Aliu and two members of FEDAN who had distinguished themselves by their commitment to the job.