Government says it is committed to reducing accidents by regulating road safety in the country.
Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Haward Sikwela said this in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Youth and Sport Provincial Officer Benson Chisani during a stakeholders meeting in Ndola April 9th organized by Zambian Accidents Response Organization (ZARO).
Reverand Sikwela said government will ensure that Zambia is linked and roads are safe to travel on.
Rev. Sikwela said government is working on the link Zambia 8000 and pave Zambia 2000 to ensure that Zambia’s roads are safe to travel on.
He also commended ZARO for recruiting 600 members in different districts and for acquiring some first aid equipment and manuals used to conduct trainings despite the financial challenges the organization has.
He explained that if 75 percent of people in the nation embraced life saving skills a number of lives could be saved adding that few people appreciated the use of first aid box hence the need to support ZARO for the organization to succeed.
And ZARO Director General Arcline Siame said since its inception the organization has trained 502 youths, 300 pupils, 105 road users, 82 teachers, 55 lecturers and 34 mothers in life saving skills.
Ms. Siame said the organization is working on establishing emergency centres in public places like the market and bus stations and that it plans to establish more life saving skills clubs in schools.
She said ZARO intends to create employment to the nation by training people and engaging them in their programmes which will in turn reduce on the backlog of unemployment.
ZARO is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established in March last year whose core business is to train and educate the nation in different life saving skills.