From Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
THE Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr Noble Appiah, has called on city dwellers to practise car pooling to save money in the face of rising cost of fuel.
He said the practice was very common in many African countries and other parts of the world and expressed the hope that Ghanaians could benefit from it, as there were no immediate signs that crude oil prices would go down.
Car pooling is the practice where car owners take turns to drive everyone in the group to work so that only one car is used at a time.
Speaking to The Mirror during a management training programme for newly recruited regional coordinators of the commission in Kumasi, Mr Appiah said the time had come for Ghanaians to appreciate the negative impact of the rising fuel prices and adopt measures that would save them money.
The coordinators will be posted to six regions: Upper West, Upper East, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Western and Eastern.
They were taken through topics like negotiation skills, advocacy skills, office management and information technology (IT).
Mr Appiah stated that his outfit was determined to make its impact fully felt in every part of the country.
The Manager in charge of Research, Statistics and IT, Mr Rudolph Beckley, said effective management of road safety demanded managerial skills and noted that the training programme was very essential to their work.
He said reducing carnage on the roads was the concern of all, and expressed the view that decentralisation in all the regions was one of the surest ways of meeting the challenge.
Mr Beckley noted that the NRSC had done a lot to improve road safety.