Dr Eric Stemn Co ordinator for the Disaster and Emergency Management Hub
Dr Eric Stemn, Co-ordinator for the
Disaster and Emergency Management Hub of the University explaining the rationale for the programme to participants

The Disaster and Emergency Management Hub (DEM Hub) of University of Mines and Technology in collaboration with the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly has commenced an intensive training on defensive driving and road safety for commercial drivers and cyclists in the municipality. The training, which started on Monday September 20, 2021 will bring together, resource persons from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), MTTD of the Ghana Police Service, DVLA, Ghana Ambulance Service (GAS), National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) and Safety Officers from selected mining companies in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality.

Assoc Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University formally opened the training programme and underscored the need for every driver to be conscious of other road users and adopt safe driving practices. Assoc Prof Anthony Simons stated that a good driver is not just the one who reaches his destination safely but the one who uses safe driving practices to reach his destination.

Assoc Prof Anthony Simons Pro Vice Chancellor
Assoc Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University opening the training programme

Dr Eric Stemn, Co-ordinator for the Disaster and Emergency Management Hub explained that the training is being organised as one of the measures to curb road accidents in Ghana and the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality in particular. Dr Stemn stated that the training will make it possible for the DEM Hub to get the data base of all commercial drivers and cyclists in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality which will be used for monitoring and evaluation after the training.

The Western regional Director for National Road Safety Authority, Nana Akua Ansah expressed her profound gratitude to UMaT and the stakeholders for the training. She further advised drivers to take the training serious to help reduce road accidents in Ghana.

The Transport Committee Chairman for Tarkwa Nsuaem Assembly, Mr Ashmond Baffoe who represented the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Benjamin Kessie, expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the programme and noted that the training will help in improving road safety in the municipality. He further stated that the Assembly may soon consider making the programme compulsory for all commercial drivers in the municipality such that the drivers will need to secure certification on the programme before they are licensed by the Assembly.

The training programme will cover topics on defensive driving, vehicle management, emergency response, road safety and traffic regulation among others. It is scheduled to end on 15th October, 2021. Representatives of Driver Unions present stated their satisfaction with the programme and expressed optimism that it will help educate the drivers to reduce unsafe driving practices.

Present at the opening ceremony were Assoc Prof James R. Danquah, Dean of Faculty of Integrated Management Studies, Dr Frank Boateng, Institutional Advancement Officer and officials from the DVLA, GNFS, NRSA, Mining Companies and MTTD of the Ghana Police Service.  

Source: T. B. Eshun                                                                                                             
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