The programme, dubbed ‘Driving Management Science’ and sponsored by the World Bank, Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the government, is to help reduce road accidents.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Accra, Mr Ato Simpson, Project Manager for COTVET, said about 12,000 commercial drivers in the Greater Accra Region would benefit from the nationwide programme.
He said the primary aim of the 45-million dollar programme, was to enhance the competence of drivers through attitudinal change and to impact positively on their performances.
Mr Simpson said an additional 25, 000 commercial drivers would also benefit from the programme after the first batch had successfuly completed the programme.
The Accra Regional Chairman of GPRTU, Mr Robert Sarbah, said since road transport was key to national development, upgrading the skills of drivers was a good initiative.
He appealed to the transport owners to release their drivers to fully participate in the two-day programme to enhance their knowledge in driving.
“Let me use this opportunity to also urge our drivers to go for further training and participate in such programme so that they can enhance their driving skills,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Road Safety and Transport Consultancies (RSTC), the service providers of the programme, Mr Godfred Akyea-Darkwah, thanked GPRTU and its executive body and the COTVET for their immense support.
He said the rationale behind the training was to reduce road crashes and to inculcate the culture of maintenance in drivers.
A deputy superintendent of Police, DSP Sasu Mensah, from the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit, called on the drivers to take the training seriously.
By Bernard Benghan