The Savannah Regional Drivers Association (SRDA) has been inaugrated in Damongo on Saturday, 4th December, 2021, with a vision of establishing a driving school in the region.
At a short ceremony at the Damongo lorry park, the Chairperson for the association Mr Abdul Aziz a.k.a “Don’t Lose Guard”, disclosed that the association as part of it’s activities, plans to establish a driving school in the region to help train more qualified drivers into the system.
He added, other activities the association will embark upon include bringing together all drivers under one umbrella, promote hygiene and study of high way codes, promote road related disciplinary measures to make sure no accidents are recorded by the association.
He assured that the association will work closely with the M.T.T.D and the Road Safety Authority to improve safety of passengers and drivers alike.
The chairperson’s speech was read by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Zakaria Hashim Caliph.
The Savannah Regional Drivers Association currently has a membership of ninety-three and was founded on 1st April, 2020, with initial membership of nine (9). The association is duly registered with the government of Ghana.
The Hon MCE for West Gonja municipality Musah Kusubari Karim assured the drivers that his doors are widely opened for the association. He said the assembly’s composite budget has a component for training of drivers. The component for drivers will be used to train drivers for effective and efficient output.
Musah Kusubari however, bemoaned the lack of females amongst the drivers but promise to help the association get one in the near future because some females will be employed into the Ghana Ambulance Service as drivers.
He disclosed that the Hon MP for Damongo constituency Mr Abu Samuel Jinapor is ready to support and work with them and that he will soon meet them to discuss issues that will promote members welfare.
The representative of Road Safety Authority said more than 2,000 people have died on our roads in the year 2021. That is 15% higher from last year’s figure. He commended the drivers association for planning to establish a driving school in the region and urged all to abide by the rules and regulations governing our roads.
The chairman for the program Mr Anthony Anyoka in his closing remarks lamented about the absence of old drivers at the program. He urged them to bring most of the old or retired drivers together so that they can assist with advice.
He implored the drivers to respect and support the drivers leadership to help them succeed and opined that by March 2022, the association should hold meetings again to evaluate their performance to help them know their strength and weakness.
Chief Tolodompewura Ahmed Abdallah (Chief More) appealed to the drivers to listen to one another and remain resolute for a better future.
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