The 2019 edition of the Ghana Driver & Road Safety Awards has been launched in Accra with a pledge by key stakeholders to collaborate to make Ghana’s roads safer for all.
The awards will be held under the theme, “Rewarding Driving Excellence; Promoting Road safety.”
Speaking at the event, Titus Glover, Deputy Minister of Transport, commended the organisers of the event for recognising the pivotal role played by drivers in the daily lives of Ghanaians.
He urged drivers to go about their duties with dignity, adding, that “Driving is a noble profession; therefore, we need to value the contributions of our drivers.”
Mr. Glover lauded the theme of the event, noting that training and education of drivers was key to ensuring road safety in Ghana.
He further bemoaned the laxed attitude of some drivers towards training and education, adding that “the Ministry of Transport is taking this matter so seriously.”
On her part, the Director of Partnerships of the Ghana Driver and Road Safety Awards (GDRSA), Madam Freda Frimpong, underscored the crucial role of driver re-training to reducing road traffic accidents in the country.
She also re-echoed the motivation for the Ghana Driver & Road Safety Awards which is to use rewards and recognition to promote good driving conduct and to raise road safety champions amongst drivers.
Madam Frimpong stressed that the 2019 awards programme would entail close interaction with drivers through activation at a number of commercial transport terminals.
“The activation will provide an avenue for health screening, eye – checks, lifesaving road safety education, as well as some instant prizes,” she added.
The Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Ing. Mrs. May Obiri- Yeboah, on her part, hailed GOIL, GHACEM and Enterprise Insurance as well as the other supporting sponsors of the 2019 programme for contributing to a worthy cause and called on many more corporate organizations to come on board.
She stressed that everyone is at risk directly or indirectly when our roads are unsafe.
The Ghana Driver & Road Safety Awards began in the year 2018 as parts of efforts by road safety partner organisations to halve road accidents by 2030.
This year’s edition comes with a number of novel additions including a special ‘Female Driver Category’ to encourage more women to participate in the competition.
The programme would also see some unlicensed commercial drivers sponsored by Enterprise Insurance to be trained by Driving Schools and licensed by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority.
Other speakers at the event included Mr. Marcus Deo-Dake of GOIL, Mr. Solomon Ayiah of Ghacem, and Md. Vanessa Harding of Enterprise Insurance. The three pledged their organisations’ commitment to road safety and the welfare of drivers and all Ghanaians.
Some drivers who attended the launch walked away with fuel coupons from GOIL and other souvenirs from sponsors for answering questions on road signs and safety on the road.
GDRSA 2019 will be climaxed in November with the overall winner driving away a brand new car.
Several other drivers will win several prizes ahead of the ultimate award.