GGML and OSHA enhance safety skills for 200 Bodaboda motorcyclists in Arusha

ARUSHA: In a bid to bolster safety awareness and skills among Bodaboda motorcyclists in Arusha, Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) conducted specialized health and safety training for over 200 riders.

This initiative, part of the safety and health education programs organized during the 2024 OSHA exhibitions in Arusha, aimed to equip Bodaboda operators with the knowledge and tools to identify and mitigate accident and health risks in their daily operations.

Dr. Kiva Mvungi, GGML’s Senior Manager of Health, Safety, and Environment, emphasized the importance of regular health check-ups, particularly screening for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

Dr. Mvungi underscored the significance of prioritizing personal health to ensure peace of mind while carrying out their duties.

Kulwa Simba, GGML’s Health and Safety Officer, highlighted the training’s focus on empowering riders to recognize and address risks, thereby minimizing avoidable accidents.

Participants were educated on providing assistance in the event of a Bodaboda accident, marking a shift from the prevailing acceptance of accidents as inevitable occurrences. Simba stressed the riders’ familial responsibilities, urging them to prioritize safety.

As part of the training initiative, GGML distributed protective equipment, including 300 reflective vests, to enhance the safety of Bodaboda operators on the road.

The training session culminated with remarks from Deogratius Ndejembi, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (Labour, Youth, Employment, and Disabled), who commended the participants for their engagement and urged them to apply the acquired knowledge to enhance road safety practices.

Minister Ndejembi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to supporting youth empowerment initiatives, including training opportunities, under President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s leadership.

OSHA Chief Executive Officer, Khadija Mwenda, acknowledged the dedication of the trainees and emphasized the importance of their newfound skills in promoting safety within the transportation sector.

Okelo Costantine, President of the Boda Boda Union in Arusha District, expressed gratitude to the government for its continued efforts to empower youth and provide opportunities for skill development.

GGML’s Health and Safety Officer, Kulwa Simba, delivering specialized health and safety training to Bodaboda motorcyclists, aimed at enhancing their ability to identify accident and health risks in their operational activities.

The training, held on April 29 at the General Tyre Grounds in Njiro City, Arusha, covered various topics, including hazard identification in transportation activities and first aid provision for road accident victims.

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