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Why I Dumped Banking Job To Become A Truck Driver with Dangote – Ph.D Holder Speaks

Pender is a graduate of Political Science from the University of
Ibadan. Pender graduated in 2000 and has worked as a banker, yet he is
among the about 100 graduates undergoing training to become truck
drivers; or rather logistics assistants. Pender is also the class
governor of this first batch of trainees.

“After my service, I
had the privilege of being retained at the Rivers State Primary
Education Board where I did my primary assignment.

I was with
them for about a year before I joined the All States Trust Bank, which
is now defunct. I worked with them for three years before I joined the
Ecobank, from there I moved to the Oceanic Bank before joining Ecobank
again after the acquisition of Oceanic Bank by Ecobank. Click to
continue reading.

had to leave the banking industry when I married my colleague, because
the human resource policy then did not allow spouses to work in the
same office. I felt that my wife should stay behind while I as a man
would look around for something to do. It wasn’t easy, because the job
was not forthcoming as I thought. I attended a couple of interviews at
different places, but I didn’t get what I was looking for.

this opportunity of becoming truck driver with Dangote presented
itself, I applied with open mind. I felt that this is an opportunity for
a new beginning to move into a new paradigm that is not explored. We
have just begun the journey in the Nigerian Institute of Transport
Technology (NITT). I was pleasantly surprised when I came here to see
people from different backgrounds and professions.

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“We are all
getting along very well. I am looking forward for an experience that
would improve our larger society. Dangote has put something in place
that would turn out to be a revolution in the transport industry in
this country. I think this programme would eventually become a model
that all organisations of international standard would adopt in no
distance future.

“From personal point of view, I like driving. I
have driven a lot since when I became a professional driver and I like
travelling. But by coming here, I have been exposed to the academic
side of driving. I feel that whatever I do as a graduate, there should
be a level of expected difference from what a layman would do. I think
the objective of employing graduates as drivers is for sanity to be
restored on our highways. Most of us are victims of the recklessness of
heavy truck drivers and this is what this initiative wants to address.
We are being trained here to become complete gentlemen as drivers,”
Pender said.

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He explained that he has, essentially, decided to join the truck driving profession out of interest not for material reward.

at the time we had our interview, there was no mention of any material
reward. It is now that we are hearing that after a successful driving
for a certain period, or covering of certain mileage that one would own
a truck or things like that. No such thing was mentioned; there was no
mention of special incentives rather than we would be employed and
paid salaries.

“What I would say lured me into joining the truck
driving profession is the name Dangote that is known locally and
internationally. I bet you that if it were some other companies that
came up with this initiative, some of us may not be here but the
mention of the name Dangote, one would know that there is quality;
there is a personality behind it; there is international recognition;
that is what lured most of us here beyond any other material gain.

only discovered the entrepreneurial incentive of this programme when
we came here; when most of us have completed their registration. Being
somebody who had the experience of the banking sector, I would quickly
join Dangote, because I know I would have job security and we are
enjoying ourselves here in the NITT as the pioneer batch of this
training programme. I never knew there is an institute like the NITT in
Nigeria. We are grateful to them for the knowledge they are impacting
in us.

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“I want to also use this medium to urge the youth of
Nigeria to work hard. We have to make names for ourselves by working
hard as it is not all of us who are children of the privileged,
therefore we are here as part of our dignity of labour. I would rather
stay here and do this work than apply for visa to go abroad and face
all kinds of humiliation by washing toilets or driving taxi while I
have a similar option here, which I would do with dignity and leave a
good example for the upcoming ones,” Pender explained.

Culled from Weekly Trust

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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