20 people trained as supervisors in road maintenance
Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development (GYEEDA), in collaboration with Ghana Highway Authority, has trained 20 people as supervisors for the Youth in Road Maintenance Module.
The two-week course was facilitated by the Ghana Highway Training School in Koforidua to build the capacity of the personnel, selected from the 10 regions, to improve their output and efficiency.
The Youth in Road Maintenance Module is an intervention by the Government in fulfilment of its “Better Ghana Agenda” to help maintain the country’s roads to reduce accidents.
Under the module, the youth are employed to offer services including patching of potholes, de-silting of drains by the roadsides and weeding the shoulders of roads to prevent road accidents due to poor visibility caused by branches of trees.
At the closing ceremony in Koforidua, Mr Isaac Adjei Mensah, Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, said about 7,000 youth had benefited from the module through employment opportunities.
He urged the supervisors to provide diligent supervisory role to ensure the realization of the objective of the module.
He said the government was worried about the spate of road accidents and, therefore, attached importance to the road maintenance module with the view that when roads were maintained, accidents would be reduced.
Ms Mavis Frimpong, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, said roads in the Eastern Region were among the most deplorable and, therefore, the public would expect that with the road maintenance module in place the roads would be put to shape.
She gave the assurance that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) was ready to provide the needed support for efficiency and expressed the hope that government would provide the necessary funds for the programme to succeed.
Mr Awal Mohammed, National Coordinator of the Module, warned the supervisors against complacency adding “you are not engineers, but only trained to patch up potholes and other road maintenance, therefore, stick to your schedules and ensure that we achieve results”.
The participants were later presented with certificates.