Dr. Sam Maduka Onyishi, the Chairman of Peace Mass Transit (PMT), the highest commercial bus fleet company in Nigeria, has on different occasions, restated that his going “into transport business was like a film.” But having realised that the ‘film’ is one that has come to stay, he has not rested on his oars since the inception of the company which he had started as a student between 1993 and 1999, as a way of supporting himself being a poor student, hence, the suggestion to open Peace Driving School by the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi.
According to The Sun, FRSC Corps Marshal who led other officers of the corps and VIOs, made the suggestion for the establishment of Peace Driving School on April 28, during the launch of 3,000 new buses at the Emene, Enugu headquarters of PMT , adding that he was amazed by the large number of brand new buses being rolled out by PMT at once that Thursday.
“This is the kind of thing I will like to directly be participating in; this is the kind of thing that will help to move the country forward. What we have here today is a success story that is worthy of emulation.
“I want to commend you in what you are doing because over 80 per cent of transportation in Nigeria is by road. Since 2009, when my predecessor came here to flag off your safety campaign, the company has been growing from strength to strength. We are going to continue to partner with you and encourage you to do more.”
Mr. Oyeyemi thanked Onyishi for operating a successful transport business, pointing out that he has made jobs available for many Nigerians. He therefore, advised Onyishi to set up his own driving school (Peace driving school) as he has a large number of drivers working in his company already. Hear him:
“You need a driving school where the training of drivers will be taking place periodically. You have a large staff. We will partner with you to set it up, to give you guidelines, to certify it; since you have over 4000 drivers I’m ready to come to certify the school.”
He told the PMT boss that he already has good space that could accommodate the Peace Driving School which he believes would go a long way in complementing the speed limiter that they had installed in their buses. He added: “At the end of the day, your school will be a reference point of driving schools in the country”.
Responding, Dr. Sam Maduka Onyishi told the visiting Corps Marshal and other road regulators that his company has come a long way in the transport sector and is now dictating the pace. “It is a good day for us as we decided to re-brand our fleet though we change our buses every day,” he said.
He further disclosed that they are about finishing the construction of their assembly plant and maintenance centre, saying that they are waiting for the Ministry of Transport for the certification.
Onyishi noted that they have adopted several measures to remain on top of the transport business in the country, saying that they do not compromise on their safety standards.
He urged the FRSC to adopt PMT as a case study in the industry, assuring that they would not disappoint on that.