NRSC first international training course comes to an end

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has ended a five- day international training course with a call on stakeholders to share and implement what they have learnt to improve road crashes.

Training programme
Training programme

Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, the Executive Director of NRSC, said this was important as the presentations during the training had enabled them to understand and support the struggle to reverse the upward trend in crashes and injuries.

The aim of the training was to enable the various stakeholders understand the problems and causes of road crashes, know how best to resolve such cases and to also prevent it from happening.

The workshop was done jointly with Nigeria and Sierra Leone to allow for knowledge and experience sharing for good practices to be emulated and adopted.

She said stakeholders need to research into issues as far road safety management systems is concerned to keep the track record of crashes and injuries.

“We cannot have good and simple interventions if we do not know or have not researched to understand the underlying issues, problems and challenges,” she stated.

She said coordination and collaboration is key in road safety management system and the course had made stakeholders to understand why as a commission it requested for a review of its mandate to demand compliance and procedures put in place.

Mrs Obiri-Yeboah said aside other activities of the Commission would also train Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) Ghana Police Service nationwide to build their capacity in their operations.

She urged all institutions to go back and operationalise what they have learnt and not just advocate them.

Professor Emeritus Fred Wegmann, TuDelft University Technology, The Netherlands and Lecturer at the workshop expressed satisfaction with the model, which brought together knowledge to improve road safety.

He said if stakeholders are better equipped and motivated they could help improve situations in this part of the world by implementing what they have learnt throughout the training session.

Prof Wegmann said road safety is not an area for amateurs but rather a field for professionals who would be able to think and make the necessary changes in the lives of people.

“You are better professionals and this means you are better informed for your work.

“We need science to solve this problem and if you are up to the task then we are in for better improvement,” he said.

Alhaji Saaka Dumba, Board Member NRSC and participants, expressed gratitude to the Commission for the programme saying: “This would change the approach and strategies for road safety.”

He said most of the problems pertaining to road safety exist because there is nobody fighting for it at the top and therefore called on government to make road safety a top most priority by 2020 to reduce the menace.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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