Mobile Traffic officers trained on road safety

Thursday, December 13, 2018

HG-Gambia Ltd, a Gambian own business dealer in fire, health, safety and security equipment has recently concluded an intensive training for police mobile traffic officers on road safety.

The company also deals in BSI standard products in accordance with ISO 90001 and specializes in supply of CCTV cameras, maintenance of fire extinguishers and more.

Habibou L.B Gitteh, chief executive officer of HG-Gambia Ltd explained that, they trained the police on fire and safety on the road and vehicles. Adding that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Police in various aspects.

“In the first week of January, we will start monitoring drivers randomly and if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we will know because there are lots of fidelity in road accidents. We will use wheel clamping; speedo meters and every vehicle in the country most have a fire escalader,” he said.

He added that his company has been contributing immensely in health and safety in the country.

  Lamin King Colley, Commissioner of mobile traffic said the training was impressive and will help equip his traffic officers, saying in road safety, Police should not only be in control of the vehicles but the passengers are also very key.

He said after the training, there will be changes because the gained knowledge will be put in practice, observing that his officers’ obstacles are obstructions and lack of wider roads.

Assistant Superintendent Lamin Njie, Public Relation Officer of The Gambia Police Force said HG-Gambia Ltd is a partner in the Police developmental aspirations in terms of capacity building training for mobile traffickers.

He said in democratic policing, they try to promote Police-Public-Partnership, pointing out that they don’t launch appeal funds to seek for support but they value people who come to partner with them in term of equipment and training.

On allegations raised against traffic officers, PRO Njie reiterated that the peoples’ claims that traffic officers take bribes from drivers was uncertain, saying that bribery is an offence in the laws of the country. “Bribery is a criminal offence and in that case the receiver and the giver are all liable. The attitudinal change has to start with the people who give to the police.”  

Author: Pa Modou Cham