The Disaster Emergency Management Hub of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), last Saturday, ended training for 640 commercial drivers, at Tarkwa, in the Tarkwa-NsuaemMunicipality of the Western Region.
The programme, which started in September,trained drivers from Western Transport Services (WTS), Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA) and Taxi Drivers’ Union and other transport unions.
The drivers were sensitised to topics, including defensive driving, vehicle management, road safety and traffic regulation and road user discipline.
Others were emergency response, fire safety and firefighting, drunk driving, substance abuse and security matters.
The resource persons were drawn from Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of the Ghana Police Service, National Road Safety Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, National Ambulance Service, Ghana Manganese Company and Anglogold Ashanti Iduapriem Limited.
The training was facilitated by the Disaster Emergency Management Hub of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), led by DrEric Stem.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Mr Benjamin Kesse, said the assembly would ban the use of tricycles in the area because they were a major cause of accidents on the roads.
He urged driver unions to organise training programmes for members to enable them abide by traffic regulations to avoid accidents.
The Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof. Anthony Simons,asked the unions to intensify training for drivers in order to reduce the spate of accidents on the roads.
The Municipal Manager of DVLA, Mr. David Amamkwaah,lamented that some drivers ‘were getting away with murders they cause on the roads.”
The municipal fire commander, DOIII Alex Assiem, said “in the event of any accident, people at the scene should allow the technical people like the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, the Red Cross, the Police and other relevant bodies to independently play their roles.”
Dr Stem said his outfit would coordinate the education of Disaster Emergency Management.
FROM PETER GBAMBILA, TARKWA