Road accidents have become very common due to the ignorance of proper road safety measures by various stakeholders. The number of road accidents related injuries and deaths have been very common nowadays and continue to increase daily due to people ignoring simple road traffic rules and road safety measures.
One of the pillars of road safety strategies and solutions for increasing road safety in almost every country in the world, is training and education. However due to the diversity and different extents of assessment methods, the influence of educational and training programs on traffic safety is still limited.
It is on this regard that the Men ministry of the Church of Pentecost is Adansi Asokwa District – Obuasi Area organized a Road Safety Campaign for all private basic schools in the Adansi Asokwa District.
It was observed that in their bid to transport the student to and from their schools, the proprietors of the basic schools in the area often use vehicles that are not road worthy. Students are often overloaded in the school buses and sometimes asked to push school vehicles off the roads when faults are developed on their way to and from school.
The training which was chaired by the District Pastor – Pastor Kennedy Eshun, under the theme “Saving Lives to Posses the Nations” brought together proprietors and drivers from all private basic schools in the Area, the assembly member for Asokwa as well as other important dignitaries such as Chief Inspector Emilia Benson MTTD – Obuasi, Adansi Fomena NADMO Director, Fire Service Director, Officers from Department of Social Welfare etc.
Chief Inspector Emilia Benson indicated that children are the future leaders of the country, and their safety is therefore very important to the nation. She counselled the school owners and the drivers to ensure the vehicles with which they transport the students are maintained regularly. She also advised the drivers to obey road traffic regulations, be discipline on the road and not to make calls while driving.
Other speakers took turn to advise the proprietor and their drivers on the need to ensure the safety of the students they transport.