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Officers from the Ghana Ambulance Service Taking the Participants through Emergency Simulation

The Disaster and Emergency Management Hub (DEM Hub) of the University of Mines and Technology held a grand durbar on Saturday, 16th October 2021 at the University’s Auditorium to climax a three-week road safety training programme for drivers and cyclists in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality and Prestea Huni-Valley District. The training programme started on 20th September, 2021 with a total of 640 commercial drivers and cyclists participating.

The programme was undertaken by the DEM Hub in collaborated with the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly, the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), National Road Safety Authority, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), National Ambulance Service, Anglogold Ashanti Iduapriem, Ghana Manganese Company, Goldfields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa, Driver Unions, Cyclists and Corporate companies. 

At the grand durbar, Prof Anthony Simons, the Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT said that from the onset of the training programme, the Disaster and Emergency Management Hub reported that 450 drivers and cyclists from the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly out of a target of 500 had registered to participate. The Municipal Chief Executive of the Prestea Huni Valley District Assembly heard the announcement for the programme on radio and sanctioned that same training be organised for the Cyclists (Aboboyaa and Pragiya users) in his district. This increased the number of participants from 450 to 611. This, according to Prof Simons shows how the commercial vehicle owners, drivers and cyclists were yearning for such refresher courses in driving and cycling. Some other participants also came from other corporate institutions in the Tarkwa Municipality.

Prof Simons indicated that data obtained from the Director of Operations at the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Dr Sasu Mensah shows that Ghana lost 2,126 lives in road clashes between January to September 2021. The clashes involved 20,225 vehicles. Again, 11,659 people sustained varying degrees of injury in the 11,585 accidents within the same period. 

The Pro Vice Chancellor hoped that the knowledge and skills acquired by the drivers and cyclists during the training period will be applied by all to ensure safety on the road to reduce accidents to the barest minimum. He further indicated that the Hub will monitor the impact of the programme on road safety in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality and Prestea Huni Valley District and possibly extend the refresher training to other municipalities and districts in the country.

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Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT Giving His Remarks at the Grand Durbar

Mr David Amankwah, the Manager of the DVLA of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality stated that most road accidents were caused by carelessness, stress, hyper behavior of drivers, faulty vehicles and wrong judgment by drivers and that the training was a very important education on safe driving attitude.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, Hon Benjamin Kesse stated that to improve the transport system in the municipality, a special certificate on such training programmes will be issued to road users especially commercial drivers as a requirement to operate within the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Prestea Huni-Valley, Dr Isaac Dasmani remarked that there was a total of 786 ‘Pragiya’ operators in the Prestea Huni-Valley District who needed training to enhance their operations. He therefore made a request to the DEM Hub to extend the training program to the Prestea Huni-Valley District. This, Dr Dasmani believed will improve road-user practices in the district.

The DEM Hub Co-ordinator, Dr Eric Stemn stated that the training programme involved 7 models, namely; Driving and Vehicle Maintenance, Road Safety, Road User and Discipline, Emergency Response, Fire Safety and Fire Management, Drink Driving and Substance Abuse, and Security Issues. He commended all resource persons and institutions that partnered with the Hub to undertake the training programme.

Awards were given to resources parsons and sponsors of the training programme as appreciation for their support for the programme. All participants were also issued with certificates of participation.

The grand durbar was preceded by an emergency simulation of a car accident and the intervention of the Emergency Response Agencies; the Ambulance and Fire Service, to manage the situation.

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Officials from GNFS and Safety Officers from the Mining Companies simulating an emergency situation

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Officials from GNFS and Safety Officers from the Mining Companies simulating an
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Present at the grand durbar were Mr M. K. Okrah, Registrar of UMaT and some chiefs in the Municipality.

Source: T. B. Eshun                                                                                                             
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