The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Ghana has organised a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for logistics and transport operators in Tema to instil professionalism in them.
The workshop brought together major stakeholders that play critical roles in the national road safety machinery such as the National Road Safety Authority and the Ghana Police Service as well as the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions (JAPTU), among others.
Mr Mark Amoamah, CILT President, said the continuous professional development programme had been tailored to ensure that its real impact was felt on the ground.
He said CILT would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the various logistics organisations to ensure that the training would be implemented.
Dr Samuel Sasu-Mensah, Director of Operations at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, educated the participants on measures in place to curb the road crash menace.
Dr Sasu-Mensah said the MTTD had a monitoring and surveillance centre at the police headquarters, fitted with cameras that made it able to capture from live feed drivers who were not respecting traffic rules and regulations.
He added that with that, “even if there were no police officers on the roads, they were able to fish out irresponsible drivers.”
Mr George Bredu, a representative of the GPHA, said the losses from the road carnage situation were too grim and should be treated with urgency.
Road crash statistics from the NRSA revealed that over 2,300 people were killed and 12,800 people injured as a result of road crashes in Ghana this year.
Experts believed that road crashes in the country accounted for the loss of over USD160 million of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as it takes a massive toll on transit trade, leading to the loss of human resources, cargoes as well as significant delays in transit time.