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Kumasi, Ghana starts its Trans-safe journey with a consultative meeting



A consultative meeting organized by the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) under the TRANS-SAFE Project was held on 19 December 2023 in Kumasi, Ghana.


Nearly 100 public officials from Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in the Greater Kumasi Area, along with representatives from various organizations including the Building and Road Research Institute, Ghana Highway Authority, Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Ambulance Service, and Transport Unions attended the meeting.



Prof. Isaac Boateng, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED and leader of the university's team in the consortium, provided a comprehensive overview of the project during the meeting. Dr. Albert Awopone, a Senior Lecturer at AAMUSTED and a team member, supported the presentation. The AAMUSTED team proposed specific interventions as part of the pilot project in the Greater Kumasi Area. These interventions include post-license training for private commercial drivers, enhancement of road safety research and education, and the development of smart traffic control systems.


Additionally, they outlined the application of self-explaining road design methodologies such as speed bumps and tabletop crossings in specific locations to address identified speed-related issues. The team emphasized the importance of strengthening the capacity of Local Emergency Care Professionals through training programs in Stop the Bleed (STB) and Basic Emergency Care (BEC) and providing them with tools to advocate for post-crash care improvements.



Other members of the AAMUSTED team involved in the project are Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo (Vice-Chancellor), Dr. Kwabena Offeh Gyimah, and Mr. Kingsley Agyapong (Senior Lecturers).


During the meeting, participants engaged in discussions about road safety challenges in Kumasi, emphasizing collaboration among stakeholders to find lasting solutions. The Mayor of Kumasi, Mr. Samuel Pyne, expressed appreciation for AAMUSTED's initiative and optimism that the road safety situation in Kumasi would significantly improve by the project's conclusion in the next four years. He urged stakeholders to remain committed to achieving optimal results.

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