A one-day training programme on Safety and Health and Road Safety, targeting Management Support Officers who have recently joined the Public Service, was launched this morning at the Sir HarilalVaghjee Memorial Hall in Port Louis, in the presence of the Secretary for Public Service, Mr P. Jhugroo, and other personalities.

The training programme is organised at the initiative of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, and the Mauritius Police Force. The event also comprises a Road Safety march, from the Government House to the Jardin de la Compagnie, aiming to sensitise road users on the need to promote a road safety culture.

In his address, the Secretary for Public Service highlighted that road safety is a national issue and that the training programme, which is organised in the context of the National Road Safety Campaign launched in February 2018, is part of an overall initiative to curb down the occurrence of fatal road accidents in the country. He pointed out that several stakeholders, including Government, Non-Governmental Organisations and the private sector, are involved in the national campaign.

Referring to official figures, Mr Jhugroo underscored that two-wheelers riders and pillion riders accounted for 56,5% of victims of fatal road accidents from January to August 2018, while the total number of contraventions amounted to 161 279 for the same period, out of which 56 700 are related to speeding fines. He thus appealed to participants to sensitise those around them, following the training programme, on the need to be cautious on the road.

He further underlined that the Public Sector should play a meaningful role in the ongoing campaigns against road accidents and in this regard, the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms came up with several initiatives. They are: the use of a specifically designed logo on all letters and memoranda issued by Ministries, Departments, parastatals bodies and local authorities; the conspicuous display of a mini poster by Public Officers in their vehicle; a special message disseminated by e-mail as a reminder of the economic and social consequences of road traffic accidents; and the organisation of a Road Safety march.

Source: Government of Mauritius