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09.04.2006 Regional News

Elect literate officers - Appiah

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Accra, April 09, GNA - Mr Michael Ambrose Appiah, National Chairman of the Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA), has stressed the need for literate executive officers to help move the Association forward.

Speaking at a seminar for members in Accra, Mr Appiah reminded them that in the fast-developing world, associations needed leaders who could read and write, to enable them to be abreast with time to champion the course of members.

Organised by the Greater-Accra Regional Secretariat of the Association, the seminar was aimed at schooling over 100 participants on the code of ethics of the Association, and the road traffic regulation. Mr Appiah called on members to exhibit high professional standards to win the confidence of the public to bring sanity into the transport industry.

He urged them to do away with divisive tendencies, which could have a negative impact on the Association. The National Chairman urged them not to see members of other transport associations as enemies, but as partners in development, to enable them to contribute positively towards development. Mr Appiah asked the officers not only to intensify their membership drive, but also to ensure that they had the welfare of their members at heart.

He urged financial institutions to help move transport organisations forward by assisting them with credit facilities. The National Chairman suggested to government to establish a Drivers' Academy to turn out more professionals to bring sanity into the sector.

Mr Edward Sarpong, Managing Director of Sarponic Empire Limited, said his company, in collaboration with the Ghana National Road Safety Committee would import Highway Emergency Safety Lamps for drivers, especially during the night.

He said the first consignment of 60,000 lamps, would arrive in the country soon for distribution to help reduce accidents. Mr Ben Amoabeng-Peprah, Greater-Accra Regional Chairman of PROTOA, advised the new officers to live above reproach to win the confidence of their members.