The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim has counselled drivers in the Scheme to be conscious of the health and conditions of their vehicles at all times to ensure their safety and that of other road users.
The DG stated this today in his address at the workshop organised for NYSC Drivers, with the theme; “The Driver’s Health Status: A Panacea for Accident Management and Control”, held at the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Maitama in Abuja.
He said the physical and mental health of all drivers is very critical to their overall performance, adding that a healthy driver would drive well due to his alertness, as well as the ability to process information for effective driving.
” Road accidents have claimed many lives in recent times with some of the causative factors attributable to stress, sleep deprivation, fatigue, drunkenness, illness, bad eyesight, and drug abuse, among others.
To avoid fatal road accidents, all drivers must take their health seriously and adopt healthy lifestyles.”
The Director-General said that as Management is committed to the enhancement of the welfare and efficiency of Staff, it would also intensify efforts aimed at safe driving among NYSC drivers.
“Apart from regular servicing of vehicles, we have accorded priority attention to the drivers’ health, especially through routine medical checks. Do not joke with your health because you are very important to us and we cherish you. Be very honest in your dealings and we don’t want to hear any case of misconduct from any of you. I am happy that NYSC Staff is very wonderful people.”
General Ibrahim advised the workshop participants who were drawn from all NYSC formations across the country to adhere to approved speed limits, carry out necessary checks on their vehicles before driving, and avoid alcoholic drinks, and night journeys, among other risks.
The Director, of General Services, Mr Emannuel Attah in his welcome remarks said the promotion of healthy living at the workplace requires a holistic approach involving both private and official lifestyles.
He urged the workshop participants to use the benefits of the workshop to improve their health, lifestyles and attitude to work.