Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Julius Debrah on Thursday commissioned a modern driver training school for the Youth in Driving Module (YiD) under the Ghana Youth Employment Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).
The training school trains and equips beneficiaries who have been recruited under the YiD module with effective driving skills to enable them become responsible drivers and earn regular incomes.
Known as the TimeLink Driver Training school
, the school is being operated by TimeLink Company Limited, a private transport company based in Accra, implementers of the YiD Module in partnership with the Government.
Mr. Emmanuel Kidd Abaidoo, National Coordinator of the module, said the objective of the training school is to ensure that beneficiaries who are enrolled under the program become responsible in order to reduce the high rate of road traffic accidents and offenses in the country.
He added that the training school which is open to both experienced drivers and new entrants will also help to polish, groom and make the drivers under the module unique.
He said the school since its inception in January has trained over 100 beneficiaries, so far. The establishment of a new edifice for the training school was as a result of the increasing number of beneficiaries who have been enrolled under the YiD Module.
“In our bid to absorb more unemployed youth under the program, we have decided to build this school, equip it with modern facilities to open doors to enroll more beneficiaries under the program,” he said.
Mr. Abaidoo noted that 145 cars have been given out to beneficiaries within the Greater Accra region who are working and paying for them under the module.
Touching on the training, he said, beneficiaries enrolled in the school are taught by competent lecturers drawn from the Ghana Police Service, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the National Road Safety Commission.
He mentioned that the beneficiaries are trained on topics such as defensive driving, interpreting road signs, spotting signs of potential car accidents and knowing how to avoid them.
“To make the beneficiaries more marketing and business oriented, we also take the beneficiaries through bookkeeping, management tips and basic accounting. We offer this training to new entrants who spend a maximum of three months whiles experienced drivers undergo a three-week intensive training at the school,” he added.
He expressed his gratitude to the government for partnering with TimeLink Company Limited to implement such a program in order to provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the transport sector.
“Timelink shares in the government’s vision to provide the youth with jobs to enable them become self-employed. Timelink is doing all it can on its part to ensure that the Module succeeds to help improve the government’s Better Ghana Agenda.”
Commissioning the training school, the Minister, Mr. Julius Debrah commended TimeLink Company Limited for initiating such a program to help reduce youth unemployment in the country; “this will help government achieve its objective of accelerating economic development in the country.”
He asked the beneficiaries to utilize the skills they are taught during the training, uphold honesty, and work hard to sustain the module.
He also advised the beneficiaries to regularly maintain their vehicles and also be diligent on the roads to ensure that Government’s investment in the project does not go waste.
By : citifmonline.com/Ghana