Today, the TotaEnergies Foundation and TotalEnergies Ghana celebrated their support for a training programme for motorcycle riders that has been implemented in Accra, Ghana by the road safety NGO Amend.

The World Health Organization estimates that over 1,800 people are killed on Ghana’s roads each year, although this number is higher than the official government figures.

Africa has the world’s highest road traffic injury rates, and rates are increasing as the continent develops and mobilizes. In Ghana, as throughout Africa, motorcycle riders suffer extremely high rates of road traffic injury.

Fortunately, the ways to prevent these road traffic injuries are well established and include measures like comprehensive education and quality training for motorcycle riders, which have been provided as part of this project.

The programme that was implemented targeted 84 courier and dispatch riders in Accra from diverse organizations: Republic Bank, Ghana Health Service, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the Judicial Service, GIMPA, Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), Prudential Bank, Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited (CONSHIP), National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and the Food & Drugs Authority.

The training provided practical lessons aimed at improving skills which riders are known to lack as well as addressing common behavioral mistakes.

Exercises included the proper use of junctions and roundabouts, safe overtaking, and how to stop quickly in an emergency, for example, if a school child steps onto the road in front of the motorcycle.

At the ceremony, all riders who participated in the program received high-quality helmets and graduation certificates.

This work is part of a five-country program supported by the TotalEnergies Foundation. The motorcycle training programme has already been implemented in Tanzania, Togo

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and Senegal and will be implemented in Cameroon, Mozambique, Mauritania, and Madagascar in 2022.

Event attendees included the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), and the various representatives of the companies that gladly released their riders for training.

About TotalEnergies Foundation

TotalEnergies Foundation covers the citizenship initiatives conducted every day worldwide by TotalEnergies, its affiliates and its corporate foundation. TotalEnergies aims to contribute to the dynamism of its host communities and regions, with a special focus on young people.

It is targeting four areas: youth inclusion and education; road safety; climate and environment; cultural dialogue and heritage. Every TotalEnegies employee also has the opportunity to take up to three paid workdays a year to devote to these public interest projects.

About Total Energies Ghana

TotalEnergies Ghana is part of the global TotalEnergies Group and has spanned in Ghana over 65 years. Its great respect for quality, standards, achievements, and safety has propelled the Company to the forefront of the Industry. TotalEnergies Ghana has a large network coverage of 258 service stations in Ghana.

Our range of services cuts across the Aviation, Bitumen, and Mining industries, besides the Manufacturing and Roads Sectors. The purpose of Total Energies Ghana is to market quality petroleum products and serve its customers responsibly and profitably in an innovative way.

About Amend

Amend develops, implements and evaluates evidence-based programs to reduce the incidence of road traffic injury in sub-Saharan Africa. Amend works across the continent and has offices in Ghana, Tanzania, and Mozambique. www.amend.org

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