Mr Denis Nii Komitee Amui, Head of Operations at GOIL Company Limited has charged drivers to make defensive driving a culture as a bid to mitigate road crashes and other road indiscipline in the country.
He noted that adhering keenly to road regulations as a driver would prevent numerous road crashes and save lives, property, time and energy.
Mr Amui was speaking with the Ghana News Agency at a Defensive Driving Training organised for GOIL BRV drivers in collaboration with Toptech Driving Consult Limited.
He said GOIL’s policy directives and measures to get drivers trained were triggered by the rising traffic fatalities and injuries in the country which could easily bring the GOIL brand into disrepute hence the need to pick the bull by the horn and get the drivers trained to eliminate the menace of road crashes.
He added that, GOIL was currently working to attain a target of zero degrees of road crash especially involving it drivers; “GOIL want skills gained from this training to be part of drivers, it should be a culture not a classroom exercise that they would walk away and do what they usually do.
“It must be a culture so that anytime you meet a driver with a vehicle branded GOIL you will also identify through the professionalism and experiences demonstrated on the road that this driver has indeed been trained and is a GOIL driver”.
He described loads carried by the drivers as hazardous thus the need to get them trained in all areas including; security and safety.
Mr William Mensah, GOIL Distribution Manager said the training programme was unique and compressive towards achieving zero tolerance of road crashes.
Mr Cecil Ebow Garbrah, the Chief Executive Officer of Toptech Drive Consult said it was important for drivers to receive regular training to aid them upgrade their skills.
“It is important to save lives and property by making sure that drivers are frequently trained to ensure safety on the road in other to send loads to its destination in one peace and not in pieces,” he stressed.
He commended GOIL for the great initiative and urged other companies of such calibre to emulate the act of frequently getting their drivers trained, adding that, “it was a good practice and companies must not always focus on profit, but also human lives and welfare”.
The over 600 drivers who participated were trained on Factors and Causes of Road Crashes, Vehicular Fire Protection, Stress and Fatigue Management, Vehicle Mechanism, Vehicle Servicing, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Conformation to the Road Safety Regulations of L.I. 2180 among others.
They were awarded with certificates.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Abu Mohammed told GNA that the move by GOIL was indispensable by putting them on their toes to deliver on the road.
He expressed his profound gratitude to the management of GOIL for investing so much in such initiatives and promised to put all into practice to achieve the set goal, adding that it should be more frequent.
GOIL’s mission focuses on marketing quality petroleum and other energy products and services in a safe, ethical, healthy, environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.
GOIL has registered three subsidiaries: GOEnergy Company Limited, a Bulk Oil Distribution Company (BDC), which distributes petroleum products to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs); GOIL Offshore Ghana Limited, an upstream subsidiary which has a partnership with Exxon Mobil Ghana Limited for exploration operations in Ghana’s Deep-water Cape Three Points Bloc, and GOIL Financial Services Limited, which provides an electronic payment system and aims to provide money transfer services.