The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in the Brong-Ahafo Region has started two day training on road safety and customer care for its members in Sunyani. The 3,077 drivers drawn from 15 districts who are to benefit are expected to acquire driving knowledge and skills. The training is being organized by the Road Safety and Transportation Consultancies Limited (RSTC) and sponsored by the World Bank, DANIDA, COTVET and Government of Ghana.Â The basic aim of the Training is to reduce the number of accidents on the roads. It forms part of a six mouth project to train 40 thousand drivers on road safety and customer service nationwide. The Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the GPRTU, Ben Kusi noted that the training is not limited to only GPRTU drivers in the Region and asked other transport organisations to take advantage of the training. He used the opportunity to appeal to the Ministry of Highways to improve road signs to help avoid accidents. The Chief Executive Officer of the RSTC, Godfred Akyea-Darkwah appealed to transport owners to allow their drivers to participate in the training to help make Ghanaian roads safer. Touching on road accident statistics, Mr. Akyea-Darkwah said from January to April, 2014, three thousand 621 vehicles were involved in road accidents, killing 527 people in the country, while 740 pedestrians were knock down by vehicles. In that same period in 2015, 2,683 vehicles were involved in accidents, killing 395 people, while 240 pedestrians were also knocked down. He said an average of 2,400 people die every year in road crashes across the country. Mr. Akyea-Darkwah used the opportunity to call on the government to set a day aside to remember those who die due to road accident in the country. He indicated that generally 97 per cent of the accidents were caused by human errors while out of that 97 percent, drivers were at fault in 90 per cent of the cases, hence the need for the drivers to under go further training. Mr. Akyea-Darkwah mentioned Brong-Ahafo, Greater Accra, Central, Eastern and Ashanti Region as the Regions he is to train. He equally mentioned Techiman, Duayaw Nkwanta, Goaso, Nkoranza as some of the districts in the Brong-Ahafo Region to benefit. He urged the drivers to take the training seriously.
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